A passenger made a comment about his own luggage in the ticket counter area of San Diego International Airport Wednesday prompting officials to evacuate one of the terminals.
A ticketed passenger approached a security officer in Terminal 2 at 11:05 a.m., Harbor police officials said.
“He made a statement regarding a security-related matter about his own luggage,” said Sgt. Victor Banuelos with Harbor Police.
The bag was searched by airport officials with the help of K-9 units. Nothing was found and the airport terminal was reopened within an hour.
The man was detained for mental health purposes but was not arrested, Banuelos said.
Vanessa Pressoir was traveling home to Fort Lauderdale, Florida from her vacation to Mexico.
“We were told there was a mysterious box that was left behind,” Pressoir told NBC 7 as she headed to her gate. “It was an inconvenience but they told me my plane won’t leave without me so it’s okay.”
Hundreds of travelers wheeled their carry-on luggage across the street in front of the terminal as officers evacuated the area.
One San Diego Fire-Rescue truck and several Harbor Police patrol vehicles were parked outside of Terminal 2.
At 11:55 a.m., Harbor Police cleared the incident and travelers were being allowed to enter Terminal 2, according to airport spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield.
Nothing illegal was found in the passenger's luggage, Banuelos said.
"Arrivals and departures were impacted from Terminal 2 while the Harbor Police investigated," Bloomfield told NBC 7. "Passengers are encouraged to check the status of their flight with their airline."
No one was injured.