Man Detained At KC Airport On 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11

According to an article on, ten years to the day after the most significant attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor Kansas City Airport Security detained a passenger and even closed one of its three terminals after detecting suspicious items in his carry-on bag.  The passenger who was attempting to board a Southwest Airlines flight refused to let security personnel examine the contents of his bag, which eventually led to his detainment.

According to statements from the TSA the suspicious items tested negative for explosive materials. However, as a matter of caution the airport re-screened passengers and scowered the depths of the KC Airport in an effort to avert a second September 11th disaster. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton did not disclose what it was that the man was carrying. However, the man is still in custody.

Chaos in KC

Jim Johnston, a 56 year old engineer from Portland, Oregon, was one unfortunate passenger who had a layover in Kansas City. He described the situation as complete chaos and mentioned that security personnel took him and other passengers from the closed terminal to another concourse for ten to fifteen minutes as a result of the scare. In fact, the terminal was closed from just after 9:30 am central time all the way until 3:30 pm causing several passengers to miss their flights.

I realize that it must have been extremely annoying and frustrating to be traveling through Kansas City on a day like this. No one ever wants to have their flight delayed or to be inconvenienced. And, in my experience airports and delays are about as synonymous as the inserted cliché of your choice. Nevertheless, sometimes precautions must be taken that may inconvenience few, but potentially save many. Additionally, I can only imagine the pressure that airport security personnel was under on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.  Terrorist or not I am going to have to go against my better instincts and give the TSA the benefit of the doubt on this one.

What do you think?