Sydney Airport evacuates terminal after security lapse

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Sydney Airport evacuated passengers from one of its terminals today after a security screening device lost power, resulting in some passengers passing through without being screened.

The device at the airport's domestic Terminal Two failed at about 15:15hrs, says the airport. "As a result, 16 passengers passed through without being properly screened. Accordingly, the decision has been taken to clear the area and re-screen all passengers," it adds.

The airport is investigating the cause behind the power failure, it says.