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Man staring at iPad causes airport evacuation

At the Sydney Airport, a man is so engrossed in his iPad that he wanders past a security screening and causes an alert.

This is the chaos, captured by one flier, after a man with an iPad wandered past security without being screened. Adam Vincenzini/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You know how embarrassed you feel when you walk down the street, staring down at your phone, and bump into someone?

Oh, you're not embarrassed about that at all? Well, one or two people still are. And I am here to help them understand that it could be worse.

On Saturday morning, a man got off a plane at Sydney Airport in Australia and was so enchanted by the fascinating content on his iPad that he walked into a domestic terminal without bothering to go through security.

This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers.

As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened.

A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: "The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area)."

Flights were delayed for around an hour.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, left the airport without further harm being done. One wonders, though, whether he really needed to be staring at his iPad quite so intently.

One also wonders about security at Sydney Airport. Australia is currently under high alert after its prime minister, Tony Abbott, declared that a terrorist attack on his country was "likely," even though his security services hadn't discovered any "particular plots."