The aerosol can force the evacuation at Victoria airport

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Ian Holliday, CTV Vancouver Island

Published Saturday, July 13th 2019, 02:02 PDT

Last updated Saturday, 13 July 2019 14:12 PDT

Passengers departing from Victoria International Airport on Saturday morning were forced to pass security twice after a prohibited item passed through the airport security checkpoint.

The airport tweeted that a "security breach" had forced the evacuation of the departures area and caused "slight delays to a few flights".

Airport spokesman Rod Hunchak told CTV News that the security breach was caused by a spray that was identified during the security screening process, but was not detected before the passenger to whom it belonged had retrieved the bag.

"It was a question of timing," Hunchak said. "They could not immediately identify the passenger immediately."

After evacuating the departures area, the airport staff reviewed the security camera footage and was able to determine who the aerosol could belong to.

Hunchak said the owner of the forbidden object has already boarded a WestJet flight that was waiting to leave. Officials boarded that flight and retrieved the aerosol can, which turned out to be a sunscreen, Hunchak said.

A total of four departing flights were rooted during the accident.

The departures area was deemed safe shortly after 10:30 am, at which time the evacuated passengers were re-examined. Hunchack said that this process was accelerated by the extra staff of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Early Saturday afternoon, the airport tweeted to thank the passengers for their patience during the accident.

Hunchak said the situation is a good reminder to travelers that they have to re-check the list of banned items before heading to the airport.

"It's good to check well before going through security so you don't take your items," he said.

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