Frankfurt Airport Evacuated Due To Security Threat

Passengers were evacuated from Frankfurt am Main Airport Terminal 1 in relation to abandoned baggage. Reports have also emerged that police have shot a man in connection with the scare at the German hub.

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Officials had to take quick action this evening at Frankfurt Airport due to a reported bomb threat. Photo: Frankfurt Airport

Quick on the scene

Federal Police at Frankfurt Airport shared that there was a police operation at the airport in connection with an abandoned piece of luggage. It was thought to be harmless, but search measures were being conducted by the federal and state police. So some areas of the building were blocked.

Official confirmation

Frankfurt Airport verified that there was an ongoing investigation. The hub also advised that the events may cause delays to passenger journeys.

“Due to an ongoing police operation, parts of Terminal 1, the regional train station and the crossing to the long-distance train station are currently closed at Frankfurt Airport. Passengers are asked to follow the instructions of the security staff on site,” Frankfurt Airport shared on Twitter.

“As a result, there may be delays in the operation. Passengers are therefore asked to check the flight status in advance on the airlines’ websites.”

Frankfurt 747 Lufthansa
Amid the downturn in passenger activity due to the ongoing restrictions amid the global health crisis, Frankfurt Airport would have been less busy than usual, but there were still thousands of people at the site this evening. Photo: Getty Images

Action taken

A short while later, the airport asked for the public to not speculate about what is happening amid official investigations. Ultimately, they would share any updates when they have them. However, the Daily Mail has now reported that police have “shot a gunman” following the reports of the bomb threat. This news comes as footage emerged showing three officers surrounding a man on the floor as they approach him slowly.

Frankfurt Airport, Terminal 3, Delay
Frankfurt am Main is the busiest airport in Germany, serving over 70 million passengers in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Moreover, The Sun shares that two people have now been arrested in relation to the events. However, officers are still looking for one more person.

Nonetheless, the police at the airport tweeted that the operational measures have ended and the blocked areas are gradually being released. There could still be delays for passengers looking to travel through the airport as the situation clears. Authorities state that they will follow up soon with a press release to clarify what happened.

There are currently no reports of any injuries to staff or passengers. 10 years ago, two people were shot dead at the airport during an attack on March 2nd, 2011.

Simple Flying reached out to Frankfurt Airport for comment about the incident that happened today but did not hear back before publication. This story is still developing and we will update the article with any further announcements.

What are your thoughts about what occurred at Frankfurt Airport? Were you there today when the incident happened? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.



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