Knife wielding man sparks security lockdown at Australian airport

Knife wielding man sparks security lockdown at Australian airport

Knife wielding man sparks security lockdown at Australian airport

The incident began just before 9pm on Saturday in the terminal's food court, when the man pulled out a knife and placed a metal object on a table, claiming it was a bomb, after an argument with a woman.

Queensland Police told AAP on Saturday night a man had been arrested.

Passengers say they witnessed the terrifying scenes of a woman being chased by a man holding a knife, sending the terminal into lockdown. There are reports of a man being armed with knives, and authorities have declared a bomb threat, according to 9news.

A GOLD Coast man has been charged with multiple offences following an alleged bomb hoax which shut down the Brisbane Airport and a part of Surfers Paradise overnight.

"All a bit dramatic at Brisbane airport earlier".

Zoe Bickerstaffe, who was seeing people off at the airport, told CBC News that police swarmed the food court area of the worldwide departure terminal after a man pulled out a knife and started chasing two other people.

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Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters yesterday the accused man had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to create a perception of "risk, threat and fear".

He is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the global airport is terrorism related; it is a domestic violence-related situation", police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The airport was locked down for more than two hours and airport train services halted, though police said the incident was not terror-related.

"The words that had been used by the alleged offender in this matter, his behaviour and the statements that he's made caused us to need to look at a number of vehicles and residences to ensure there were no IED (improvised explosive devices) or anything of concern", Assistant Commissioner Crawford said.

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