Cause of Airport Evacuation: Over-Toasted Bagel

Hundreds of travelers sent out in freezing temperatures in St. Louis
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Not the guilty bagel.   (Getty/tatianaatiana)

(Newser) – Hundreds of holiday travelers had to evacuate Lambert International Airport in St. Louis Tuesday night for a reason worthy of a sitcom: Somebody burned a bagel. The over-toasting happened about 6pm inside a restaurant in Terminal 2, and the resulting smoke set off alarms, reports KMOV. One traveler estimates that 300 to 400 people then had to vacate the terminal and head outside into frigid temperatures—the AP says it was all of 11 degrees.

Airport officials gave the all-clear to return after about 10 minutes, but passengers then had the pleasure of going back through security checks. “For a while, I was convinced I wasn't going to make the flight," one Boston-bound passenger tells KSDK. "But they turned it around very, very quickly." In the end, no flights were delayed.

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