April 20, 2018

German police hold flights at Cologne-Bonn airport over security breach – media

An emergency exit door is pictured following a security alert at Cologne airport, in Cologne, Germany May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A person trespassed a security checkpoint at the Cologne-Bonn airport in western Germany on Monday, 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 spokeswoman for the interior ministry in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Cologneis based, said she was not aware of the incident.

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