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Terminal At JFK Evacuated After Checkpoint Problem

Inside John F. Kennedy Airport (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) | Inset (credit TSA)

Inside John F. Kennedy Airport (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) | Inset (credit TSA)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Air passengers were temporarily evacuated from a terminal at New York City’s Kennedy Airport after a problem at one of the security checkpoints.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that the Transportation Security Administration shut down Kennedy’s Terminal 7 at around 9:45 a.m. after determining that someone had gone through the checkpoint without being properly screened.

Procedures call for the entire terminal to be emptied and the passengers re-checked whenever that happens.

One traveler posted photographs on Twitter showing the terminal lobby jammed with people waiting to get back in.

The terminal is used by British Airways, United, and other airlines.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)