METRO AIRPORT (WXYZ) — Travelers flying from the North Terminal at Metro Airport are dealing with a shutdown at one of the security checkpoints.
The checkpoint was closed after a bag fire that was caused by lithium batteries.
A bag fire caused by lithium batteries has temporarily closed the @DTWeetin Blue 1 North Checkpoint. All passengers being screened at Blue 2 checkpoint until the area is cleaned up. If traveling this afternoon, please arrive early to account for longer than usual wait times. pic.twitter.com/GJGlWSK3aJ— Mark Howell (@TSAMedia_MarkH) April 19, 2019
Big shout out to @DTWeetin @TSA Lead Officer John Barela, who quickly jumped into action to grab a fire extinguisher to put out the flaming bag. He also assisted in clearing the checkpoint to ensure the safety of passengers in the queue. 👏 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/nzDatu6vlg— Mark Howell (@TSAMedia_MarkH) April 19, 2019
The checkpoint was expected to be closed for several hours.