An unidentified woman and her bag of makeup were to blame for shutting down Terminal 2 at Munich Airport in Germany. The kerfuffle started when the woman approached security with a makeup bag full of small bottles of liquid, which are banned from carry on luggage.
Instead of dumping the liquids, the woman opted to return to the front desk and check her bag. Things took a turn when the woman came back through security but bypassed the checkpoint. Once security realized they had not seen the woman come back through, they went looking for her.
Unable to track the woman down because she was already on her flight, agents went into high alert and shut down the terminal as well as all departing flights. Eventually, they evacuated the entire terminal. The shutdown caused many travelers to miss flights and stranded passengers were left to sleep on cots the airport provided.
Over 32,000 travelers were held up or stuck overnight as 700 flights were cancelled.
People began posting photos of the chaos.
— Brian Lorenzen (@Enzo_Lorenzen) July 28, 2018
Security issue at #Munich airport, all passengers are sent out from terminal 2. Our pilot from Helsinki told one person has gone inside the terminal without the security check. Officials try to find this person now. Oh boy! pic.twitter.com/s96j59FmCR
— Paula Vilén (@vilenpaula) July 28, 2018
— Johanna Ketola (@Johanna_Ketola) July 29, 2018
#munichairport last week: “Damn, we have to evacuate the terminal since one passenger got through security without being checked.”#frankfurtairport today: “Sounds like fun, let’s try this too!”#Terminalräumung #Frankfurt #FRA #Flughafen pic.twitter.com/C0npr0P7Wb
— Moritz (@mba_muc) August 7, 2018
The airport looked even scarier when it was evacuated.
Munich Airport, Terminal 2 pic.twitter.com/fRfRS5NKIs
— Aɴɴᴀ Nʏᴍ (@AnnaNymchen) August 8, 2018
This traveler managed to wait it out.
Stranded in Germany. Munich airport shut down. A shot of whiskey and dark beer from the Munchner Stubn make it all bearable. Stranded and trying to get to Positano! pic.twitter.com/loC4498OHk
— Jim Wilkinson (@jrwmarathon) July 28, 2018
Others were not too happy.
Parts of Munich airport shut down due to security breach
My family member is in this crowd… for one woman!!
— Marlene (@indienink) July 28, 2018
This passenger took to Twitter to share her tale.
Travel adventure! The boyfriend and I are enjoying a beer at #MunichAirport, which is currently completely shut down. We're supposed to fly to Venice in under 90 minutes, but the departure entrance is completely closed. Will we fly or not? Stay tuned!! #WTF (w/@schuyler)
— Dr. Liz Powell (@sexpospsych) July 28, 2018
No news yet on what happened with the woman but, by the next day, all was back in order.