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DFW Airport briefly shuts down east runways due to security issue

An American Airlines Boeing 737 takes off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on the east side of the airfield.
An American Airlines Boeing 737 takes off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on the east side of the airfield. Star-Telegram

The airport temporarily shut down the runways on the east side of the airport on Wednesday morning as police responded to a possible security issue.

According to airport spokesman David Magaña, airport police arrested a female driver on the east side of the airport after about an hour standoff. The driver initially led police on a low-speed chase that ended near the Federal Aviation Administration tower on East Airfield Drive.

The chase ended around 10 a.m. and the driver refused to get out of her car. After the initial stop, she drove away. She was stopped again and arrested in the 2600 block of South Airfield Drive.

The FAA briefly suspended operations on the east side of the airport and then resumed takeoffs and landings on the airfield. Fewer than 10 flights were delayed, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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