On Tuesday around 6 p.m. terminal 2 of the St. Louis airport was evacuated because of a burning bagel.
Airport officials say a bagel burned in a restaurant in Terminal 2 around 6 p.m. Tuesday, setting off smoke detectors and prompting a full evacuation. An estimated 300 to 400 people were required to go outside, where the temperature was 11 degrees.
Is it weird my first thought was you’re supposed to burn the bagels in St. Louis, that it can only make a St. Louis bagel better? If anyone has ever found a decent bagel in St. Louis — or in the Midwest south of Chicago generally — that’s worthy of a comment below.
American Airlines Bagel & Lox
Everyone was evacuated outside — not out the terminal, where they might be able to leave, just out into the cold onto the ‘secure’ tarmac. And then when it was all over everyone had to go back through security.
We’re all outside in the freezing cold walking under the jetbridges. No idea where we are going or why. Hundreds of passengers pic.twitter.com/992pFplHXm
— Jacob Long (@JacobLongTV) December 27, 2017
The airport offers the excuse given for every overreaction, ever: “an abundance of caution.”
Temporary partial evacuation in T2 out of an abundance of caution after alarm detected smoke near a restaurant. ARFF responded. Evacuation lasted about 5 mins. Normal Operations have resumed #safetyfirst
— STL Airport (@flystl) December 27, 2017
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly who notes, “Passengers are herded outside in to 11ºF (-12ºC) weather only to have to endure another security screening moments later… Couldn’t someone in the restaurant just have pulled out a fire extinguisher?”)