A breakdown in the X-ray screening equipment at Durango-La Plata County Airport on Thursday caused the Transportation Security Administration to check passengers by pat-downs.
A technician will fly to the airport today? with a replacement part. The problem is expected to be fixed by noon, said Kip Turner, the airports new manager. Turner started work as manager this week.
He was not immediately aware of flight delays or other problems, but said he had been in meetings all day. He said the airport was very busy during the 3 p.m. rush when four flights leave within 30 minutes of each other.
The TSA had urged passengers to get to the airport as much as two hours early Thursday to avoid missing their flights.
The TSA kept its checkpoints open all day to help prevent congestion during the busiest periods.
Passenger boardings are up 18 percent for the year.
Airport security has used various methods of screening passengers since February, when the TSA took away the L-3 scanner, nicknamed Gumby, because of the generic, cartoon-image it made of passengers going through the scanner booth.
The scanner was taken to a larger airport to replace the controversial Rapiscan scanner that made more explicit images of travelers.