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Top Stories: A Fire Alarm This Morning At Dallas Love Field Backed Up Security Lines

Chris Sadeghi/WFAA
After the evacuation, security lines had wait times of up to 90 minutes.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Operations at Dallas Love Field are back to normal at this hour after holiday travelers had to evacuate the airport earlier this morning.

A fire alarm went off inside the terminal due to an overheated coil in one of the air conditioning units. Even though operations at Love Field have returned to normal, security lines were long.

“We recommend [giving yourself] and hour, hour and a half, two hours just depending on when your flight leaves,” Dallas Love Field Chief Communications Manager Chris Perry said. 

TSA lines are more manageable now.

He also said the airport expects to move 17,000 people through today. The airport will be fairly busy tomorrow, but Perry says activity usually tapers off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Arlington Police Department began rolling out its body camera program this month.
  • Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says she wants to balance the city’s culture with economic growth after a report this week warned it was at risk of becoming “the biggest suburb of Dallas.”
  • No White Christmas, sorry. The National Weather Service says highs will be in the low to mid-50s, though it will be below freezing Christmas morning.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.