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Concerns after security breach at McCarran

Posted at 12:22 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 22:08:25-04

McCarran International Airport officials said one man was taken into custody after a security breach at a checkpoint Sunday night.

It happened at Terminal 1 around 11 p.m. According to McCarran airport officials, a vagrant man had entered the TSA checkpoint where passengers normally exit. 

Passengers said their plane was taxing on the tarmac for close to 30 minutes, because of the breach. 

"(The pilot) just said that there was security breach at the airport and was advised that he couldn't let anybody off the plane," said passenger Steve Hurst. 

Soon after, they were allowed to go to their gates.  

Witnesses say that they were happy that security and police were able to resolve the problem quickly.

13 Action News learned about the breach through social media, leaving the question if more of these incidents could be happening than passengers are told? 

Officials from McCarran did not have information readily available on security breaches. They only said that the term "security breach" could mean multiple things. 

According to an Associated Press report, from 2004 to 2015 there were at least 21 reported security breaches at McCarran. The report only addresses the breaches where someone trespassed the airport's perimeter. 

"Unfortunately, in we're in a world where don't get the information we want," said passenger Lorraine Kraft. 

Some passengers said they would rather not know about the breaches if the airport has the situation under control. 

"I understand that people are going to want to know, but I understand the reasoning for not letting everyone know, so, there's not a mass panic of any kind," said another passenger. 

13 Action News has reached out to officials to get further details on the breach.