Protesters blocked access to a terminal and caused significant holiday traffic delays around Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday after staging a Black Lives Matter rally that also briefly shut down part of the nation's largest mall, reports the Associated Press.

Several people were arrested at the airport, where officials said access to one of two terminals was blocked and the protest caused backups on nearby roads. Two security checkpoints were closed for about 45 minutes, causing some flights to be delayed, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

Protesters took a light-rail train to the airport from the Mall of America, where hundreds of demonstrators started the rally to draw attention to a recent police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis.