Aug 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

False reports of active shooter at Las Vegas airport cause delays, cancellations

A Frontier Airlines plane is seen at Las Vegas International Airport in 2020. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

A "loud noise" led to false reports of an active shooter on Sunday morning at Las Vegas' Harry Reid International Airport, causing flight delays and cancellations.

Driving the news: Fifty-three flights have been canceled and 322 delayed at the Las Vegas airport, according to the flight tracker FlightAware.

  • The loud noise, which Las Vegas police said was caused by an "unruly subject" now in custody, led to a panic, according to the airport's Twitter account.
  • Some people rushed through security checkpoints, meaning passengers had to return to checkpoints to be re-screened before boarding their planes.

What's next: The airport warned that delays are expected to continue throughout the day.

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