Christchurch airport evacuated over suspicious item

Christchurch airport has been evacuated after a suspicious item was found inside the domestic terminal. An airport spokesperson said an item of interest was found at about 8am on Thursday but “no threats had been made”.

Level one in the domestic terminal and the food court had been evacuated as a precaution, 他们说.

The bomb disposal unit arrived on scene at about 9.15am.

The spokesperson said all flights had momentarily stopped until the police could give the area clearance.

The Aviation Security Service told TVNZ that an Avsec officer identified what appeared to be an “improvised explosive device” at one of the security screening points, though a police spokesperson later told the news station it was not a bomb threat but would not reveal what prompted the evacuation.

Avsec incident protocols were quickly activated and the area isolated before police were called in, TVNZ reported.

The New Zealand Herald reports that hundreds of people are standing outside the terminal, waiting to know what was going on.

A traveller named Lance told the Herald he was an affected traveller.

“We were upstairs in the Koru Lounge and there was an announcement to say evacuate the building immediately. The sirens went off.

“We were waiting for a flight. It was meant to go at 9.10am but I doubt it. It could be a couple of hours.”