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LAX terminal evacuated after comment

March 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities say a "suspicious comment" from an airline passenger forced the evacuation of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport for two hours.Airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez says a man on a Southwest Airlines flight from El Paso, Texas made the comment Sunday afternoon at about 2 p.m.

Rodriguez says a police bomb squad found no weapons or explosives when they searched the man and his luggage as he got off the plane.

Authorities say the man is now in the custody of the FBI, which is continuing the investigation.

More than 1,800 passengers had flights delayed. Rodriguez says operations returned to normal at about 4 p.m.

 

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