When the all-clear signal was given, the passengers had to go back through security.
A terminal at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was evacuated Tuesday evening after a fire alarm in the vicinity of an airport restaurant went out due to a toasted bagel, the officials said.
Airport staff cleared Terminal 2, which is largely a service by Southwest Airlines, as soon as the alarm started blaring around 6:00 p.m.
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The passengers of the terminal were forced to go outside in the cold 11 degree weather to wait for the all clear, which took about five minutes, the airport officials told FOX2. As soon as the signal was given, the passengers had to go back through security.
A traveller, Claude Greer, said it took about a half hour to rescreen an estimated 300 to 400 people who were evacuated Terminal 2, KSDK reports.
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“For a while, I was convinced I was not going to make the flight. We are on the last flight to Boston, and I was convinced I was not going to be the flight,” he said.
“But they turned it around very, very quickly, everyone was through security, and it turned out to be, at least for me, a non-issue,” Greer said KSDK.
The terminal has since resumed normal activities.