Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

LaGuardia Airport terminal evacuated after bomb threat

LaGuardia Airport terminal evacuated after bomb threat

A 70-year-old passenger who was arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport after authorities say he threatened a ticket agent has pleaded not guilty to making a terrorist threat.

An NYPD spokesman said its bomb squad was called to the scene at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday "to investigate a suspicious bag left behind by a male in custody with PAPD [Port Authority Police Department]".

A terminal at LaGuardia International Airport in NY was evacuated Saturday after a disgruntled customer told a ticket agent there was a bomb in his bag. The ticketing area of Terminal B was temporarily evacuated.

Passengers were told to check with their airlines for flight delays out of Terminal B, which serves American Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines, among others. No explosives were found.

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The man was arrested by Port Authority of NY and New Jersey police for making a bomb threat, sources said.

Passengers using Terminal B were advised to check with their airlines about delays.

Pentangelo said that by 9:25 a.m. the terminals were all operating normally.

A few minutes later the airport sent out another tweet saying that "authorities have reopened #LGA Terminal B after an earlier threat was determined non-credible".

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