Mistaken rifle report causes lockdown at Calgary airport on busy travel day

An expected 49,000 people will travel through Calgary International Airport - the busiest pre-Christmas day

Travellers arrive at the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 10, 2018. Parts of the Calgary International Airport were locked down on the busiest pre-Christmas travel day because of a gun scare that turned out to be unfounded. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — Police say they were called to the Calgary International Airport because of a mistaken report of a rifle that was likely just a musical instrument.

A police spokesperson says there’s nothing to suggest there was ever a gun, but officers are at the airport to reassure people.

The spokesperson says there was a band at the airport at the time, so it’s likely whoever thought they saw a rifle actually saw one of their instruments.

The airport said on Twitter that some parts of the international terminal building were under lockdown, but there was no threat.

It says arrivals, departures and baggage delivery were affected and advised travellers to check with their airlines for information.

The airport said in a release earlier this week that Thursday would be the busiest pre−Christmas travel day with an expected 49,000 people passing through.

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