A man was taken into custody for making a “suspicious comment” after he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on a Southwest Airlines flight Sunday, February 17th, leading to the evacuation of Terminal 1 for about two hours, airport officials said.
Los Angeles Airport Police received a call at about 2 p.m. regarding a report that a male passenger had made a suspicious comment at LAX after getting off Southwest Airlines Flight 1182 from El Paso, airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez said.
Local and federal law enforcement units were called to the scene and the passenger was detained. Airport officials evacuated Terminal 1 during the incident.
A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad screened the passenger and his luggage and found no explosives or suspicious items, Rodriguez said.
The man was taken into custody and the incident is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Operations returned to normal in Terminal 1 at about 4 p.m. Two US Airways and 20 Southwest Airlines flights were delayed during the incident, affecting approximately 1,800 passengers, Rodriguez said.