(CMR) There was chaos at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday after passengers on an American Airlines flight to Jamaica, which diverted to the Cayman Islands, were allowed to deplane.
The flight from Charlotte to Montego Bay was forced to divert to Grand Cayman as the runway at the Donald Sangster International Airport was closed temporarily.
CMR understands that the passengers were allowed to leave the plane without them being processed by CBC. They then mingled with departing passengers; as a result, all passengers in the departure lounge had to be rescreened, creating some confusion for passengers.
According to a release from the Cayman Islands Airport Authority, all procedures were followed, and the 176 passengers on the diverted flight were directed to a holding area, where they were expected to be for approximately 3.5 hours. However, some of the passengers left the holding area and mixed with outgoing passengers, creating security concerns.
Several flights out of the United States were reportedly canceled Thursday due to issues being experienced at the airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Some flights were diverted to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
The runway has since been reopened.