A man dressed as Zorro and carrying a plastic sword was confronted at gunpoint by police at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday, just moments before a false report of an active shooter sent passengers stampeding from multiple terminals.
Airport police responded to Terminal 7 on Sunday at about 8:40 p.m., following reports of a man dressed in black with a sword and wearing a mask, according to a statement from Los Angeles World Airports.
Believing the man was armed with a sword, police approached him with weapons drawn “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the airport.
The man was detained, questioned and released, the LAWA statement said. Airport police determined the sword was plastic.