Travel disrupted at Las Vegas airport after false reports of an active shooter

Traveler looking for flights.
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Travel was disrupted at the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Sunday after false reports of an active shooter caused panic, authorities shared.

The incident is now expected to disrupt travel through the rest of the day, according to airport officials. But the Las Vegas Police Department shared on Twitter that a suspect has been taken into custody.

The false report added to the stress of traveling as delays and cancellations have become a new normal for airlines this summer.

Travelers could be seen running through the airport screaming in videos posted online. Because of the chaos, some were rushed through security checkpoints and had to return to be re-screened, causing the pile-up in delays.

Harry Reid International Airport shared online that panic was sparked by “a loud noise” creating a “security incident” but that everything was under control.

The Las Vegas Police department shared that the incident is believed to have been caused by a suspect that was acting “unruly” and has since been taken into custody.

Delays are expected to continue through the afternoon, according to a tweet from a spokesperson for the airport. The spokesperson also shared that cancellations were possible.

Passengers are being advised to check their ticketing and flight information before going to the airport.

The flight-tracking website FlightAware shared that there were 210 delays and 52 cancellations as of Sunday afternoon.