Security checkpoint breach at airport in Germany prompts police to declare alert, halting all flights

Delayed passengers wait following a security alert at Cologne airport, in Cologne, Germany, on May 30, 2016.
Delayed passengers wait following a security alert at Cologne airport, in Cologne, Germany, on May 30, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS
A police officer stands in front of passengers lining up at the entrance, following a security alert at Cologne airport, on May 30, 2016.
A police officer stands in front of passengers lining up at the entrance, following a security alert at Cologne airport, on May 30, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - A person trespassed a security checkpoint at the Cologne-Bonn airport in western Germany on Monday (May 30), prompting police to declare a state of alert that brought all flights to a halt, local media reported.

Police are searching for the person and ordered all planes that were on their way to take off to taxi back to the gates, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper reported online.

The federal police, which is responsible for airport security, could not be reached for comment. Local police declined to comment.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Cologne is based, said she was not aware of the incident.