Sunday, January 3, 2010

Man arrested after brief standoff in Sea-Tac bathroom


A man was arrested Friday evening after barricading himself in a rest room at Sea-Tac International Airport.

The incident did not cause any evacuations or flight delays, port officials said.

The man entered a small one-room family restroom in the airport just after 6 p.m. and refused to come out.

He told Port of Seattle police that he had a gun and wanted to fly somewhere but didn't have a ticket.

Airport officials shut down the south checkpoint, which is located behind the international flights ticket desk, and re-routed passengers through other checkpoints while negotiators spent more than two hours trying to convince the man to come out.

The restroom was not located near any gates, and there was only one door, so the man had no access to any other location.

The man was arrested about 7:45 p.m., but it was not immediately clear how police got the man out of the bathroom.

Officials said he was never armed.

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