- A man was charged Friday after the Chicago Police Department Bomb Squad was called to O’Hare International Airport as a precaution to investigate a semi truck parked outside Terminal 3.
Alexander Lavrentyev, 35, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct and traffic citations, Chicago police said.
Officers observed an unattended semi parked in an unauthorized area at about 3:50 a.m. Friday, authorities said. They could not find the driver. There was a heavy police presence in the departure area during the morning rush., but the investigation did not affect airport operations.
Police had the truck towed to another location. The vehicle was eventually cleared after “no dangerous materials were found,” police said.
This could have been worse – especially after the recent vehicle deaths overseas:
In this day and age, how is a semi-tractor trailer even allowed near a passenger terminal? Should there be numerous warning signs? Diversion ramps? Police presence? Maybe a low bridge as a final barricade to stop a truck outside of what we’d term a “sensitive” area? It’s not like you couldn’t fill a truck with ammonium nitrate and fuel oil. Or 20 guys with machetes, vests and weaponry.