10-Year-Old With Toy Gun Leads To Security Scare At Hopkins Airport

CLEVELAND – A 10-year-old boy caused a security scare at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday morning, Action News' Wendy Gillette reported.

The reason for the scare and subsequent travel delays was that the boy was carrying a toy cap gun. With the security as tight as it is in airports these days, authorities treat an object like that, even in the hands of a child, very seriously.

Everything was back to normal a few hours later.

Security at Concourse C found the toy gun at approximately 8:45 a.m. Officers then briefly shut down the security screening area, which backed up the line of passengers. Some of the effected passengers even missed their planes as a result.

Although some travelers welcome increased security in our nation's airports, others said that they feel it goes too far.

"It's overkill in my opinion," passenger John Shaw said. "We're closing the barn door after the chickens got out."

The boy with the cap gun was allowed to board his plane after he handed over the toy.