Hundreds crowd through Dallas Love Field TSA after fire alarm evacuation

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DALLAS (KXAN) — Busy holiday travel hub Dallas Love Field has reopened after hundreds of passengers evacuated when a fire alarm sounded in the terminal.

Around 4:33 a.m. the alarm went off after an over-heated component in an AC unit created smoke. The airport said Dallas Fire Rescue had completed a thorough inspection and fixed the issue in 20 minutes.

Passengers forced to leave the area posted photos and videos of those waiting outside before 5 a.m. Around 5:28 a.m. the airport tweeted that it had been cleared to return to normal operations and that TSA would rescreen all affected passengers. Live video from the scene shows a crush of people waiting to go back through security. The airport told people to plan ahead for an hour and 30 minutes to go through the TSA checkpoint.

“Please be patient as we repopulate,” Dallas Love Field tweeted. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

A flight tracker shows numerous morning Southwest Airlines flights are delayed, as of 5:51 a.m.

A fire at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta caused a massive power outage over the weekend, causing numerous delays and leaving passengers stranded. That airport is the world’s busiest and served an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day.

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