At 9:47 p.m. Monday night the display boards at the airport showed the message "An emergency has been declared in the terminal. Please evacuate."
Uhh, not really. The message at LAX in Los Angeles turned out to be a mistake and airport workers told the Los Angeles Times "after the mistake was discovered, airport staff removed the message from all the monitors by 9:54pm."
When looking for the cause airport officials first thought they were hacked but that turned out to be wrong.
Instead, an airline contractor had overridden the flight display system by accident and caused the confusion and fear.
A spokesperson for LAX said the contractor was "programming airline check-in information into a set of monitors for a particular flight when he accidentally activated the pre-programmed emergency terminal evacuation message."
LAX had enough problems Monday night when a combination of the sequestration budget cuts and fog caused delays of up to three hours for inbound and outbound passengers.