'Round 3 yesterday, one of my oldest friends called from Dallas Love Field with the breaking news: The airport was shut down, no one allowed in our out -- including my friend, who'd put his son on a Southwest flight bound for Corpus Christi mere moments before Dallas police descended and locked the doors. Turns out there'd been a bomb scare in baggage claim courtesy a bomb-sniffing pup who got a little too excited over a big bag of nothing; my friend received updates from his son stuck on the tarmac, very Die Hard 2. By 5:30, it was back to business as usual, after dozens of delays.
Our great photographer Gloria Levario was out at Love Field during the clampdown and returned with these photos -- and this note.
Hundreds of people were standing in line behind stantions while Southwest officials gave updates via bullhorn. Lots of DPD in specialized uniforms and gear. Around 5:30 they started lining up people in the lobby to resume flights.
An employee of the airport said that there had been a bomb scare and everyone was evacuated when a suspicious bag was found. Bomb squad came and took it away. Police said that there was actually no bomb in the bag. It was noticeable that there were many fathers who were traveling with children.
More photos after the jump. And, later today, the tale of one Dallas Observer photographer who went to an airport yesterday for a very special event and wound up with far more than photos.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.