A giant long-term airport parking lot adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport was back to normal Tuesday after hundreds or thousands of tired travelers were prohibited from retrieving their vehicles for hours during a police investigation.
It all turned out to be a false alarm, but that probably didn’t matter to returning airline passengers who just wanted to get their vehicles after long flights and drive home.
Officers closed Lot C, a less expensive long-term parking area across Sepulveda Boulevard from the LAX central terminal area, after a woman called authorities to ask that they check on her husband.
Lot C, operated by LAX officials, has a main entrance on 96th Street just east of Sepulveda. It was closed from about 3:50 to 6 p.m., officials said. No vehicles were allowed to enter or leave, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez of the Los Angeles Airport Police.
The investigation was prompted by a woman who called authorities to say her husband was not communicating with her, Hernandez said.
The airport police Emergency Services Unit, similar to a SWAT detail, responded and determined the vehicle was empty. That was not immediately apparent because the vehicle had dark-tinted windows, Hernandez said.
It was determined by 9 p.m. the man was out of the country and unharmed, the officer said.
Airline passengers and others who park vehicles in Lot C are typically ferried to and from terminals aboard airport-operated shuttle buses.
–City News Service
>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: