BWI lockdown enacted after brief security breach

(Photo: BWI Airport)

Screening procedures at Thurgood Marshall International Baltimore-Washington Airport were temporarily stopped Tuesday evening when a woman walked away from security before secondary screening, authorities say.

Officials say that a novelty lighter shaped like a hand grenade carried by a traveler was the cause of the brief security shutdown.

Maryland Transit Administration officials say that the A and B piers were shut down and screenings were halted at about 8:50 when a woman collected her bags and walked away from security despite agents requesting to check her bags again.

Officials say the woman had the novelty lighter in her bag. The woman had accidentally left it in before going through security, airport authorities say.

The woman was tracked down and rescreened a few minutes after she wandered away, and was then allowed to board her flight, airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said.

Normal operations at the airport have resumed, airport officials say.