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DIA temporarily stopped flights, trains after passenger passed security with gun

Trains, security screenings and departures stopped for about a half-hour Friday afternoon.

DENVER — Operations at Denver International Airport were temporarily disrupted Friday afternoon when a passenger got through security with a gun.

DIA said all trains and security screenings were stopped and departures were grounded from about 1:40 to 2:10 p.m. after the passenger passed through the A bridge security checkpoint with what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed was a firearm.

TSA said checkpoint screening technology had detected the gun, but the wrong bag was flagged for additional search. That allowed the passenger to proceed into the terminal area with her carry-on items, which contained the gun.

According to the TSA, once they realized that an incorrect bag was flagged, they suspended screening operations while they worked with Denver Police to conduct a precautionary sweep. The agency said they worked with police to quickly find the woman and recover the weapon.

According to FlightAware, 460 flights were delayed and 14 flights were canceled as of 8:10 p.m. Friday.

"We appreciate your patience and will provide updates as they become available," DIA said on social media at 1:44 p.m.

The airport said operations resumed at 2:09 p.m.

TSA said as of Thursday, they had intercepted 124 firearms at DIA since the beginning of the year. That's the sixth highest total in the country. 

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