Evacuation Flub Spooks LAX
Displays accidentally tell passengers to clear out
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
An American Airlines plane takes off at LAX International airport in Los Angeles Monday, April 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – Passengers at LAX were treated to a scare last night, after flight display boards told them to evacuate in response to an emergency. Turns out the message was an accident, airport authorities say. The message appeared at 9:47pm. "After the mistake was discovered, airport staff removed the message from all the monitors by 9:54pm," a spokeswoman tells the Los Angeles Times.

At first, officials thought a hack was to blame, prompting a hurried investigation. But they ultimately realized that an airline contractor had accidentally overridden the flight display system, the spokeswoman says. The contractor was "programming airline check-in information into a set of monitors for a particular flight when he accidentally activated the pre-programmed emergency terminal evacuation message," she explains.

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Apr 23, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
There could be giant ticks everywhere, we don't know. Run. Scurry. Flee. Flee. ~~Lewis Black
Apr 23, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
"Evacuation Flub Spooks LAX" I didn't know you could spook an inanimate object, but since Tom Hanks could become friends with a soccer ball named, Wilson, I guess anything is possible.
Apr 23, 2013 7:51 AM CDT
I realize that hindsight is 20-20, but shouldn't there be one of those "Are you SURE?" messages when something like that is activated?