LaGuardia terminal evacuated in NYC, 1 arrested

(AP) - The central terminal at New York's LaGuardiaAirport was evacuated Saturday morning after a man entered thebuilding with a fake bomb in a bag, police said. The scare was over in a few hours, but

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2009, 4:11 PM

Updated 5,464 days ago

Share:

(AP) - The central terminal at New York's LaGuardiaAirport was evacuated Saturday morning after a man entered thebuilding with a fake bomb in a bag, police said.
The scare was over in a few hours, but it disrupted travel plansfor thousands of people as flights were postponed and vehicletraffic to the airport was briefly halted. Delays also rippledacross the country as airlines adjusted their schedules.
Authorities identified the man as Scott McGann, a 32-year-oldwho was apparently homeless and had been living on New York City'sstreets for at least a year.
He had a ticket for a United Airlines flight headed to Chicago,with connecting flights that would have ultimately taken him toOakland, Calif., where he has family.
McGann "is clearly a very troubled young man," Queens DistrictAttorney Richard Brown said in a release.
McGann's arraignment, on charges including placing a false bombin a transportation facility and making a terrorist threat, waspostponed for a mental exam to determine if he is fit to stand trial.He was held without bail, pending a court appearance Thursday. Anattorney who represented him in court did not immediately return atelephone call.
The trouble began shortly after 5 a.m., when he checked in forhis flight and immediately began attracting attention because ofbizarre behavior.
Police received two calls about an apparently intoxicated orsuspicious passenger before he had even reached a securitycheckpoint, Kelly said.
Authorities stopped McGann, but he didn't respond to questions.He then appeared to depress some sort of makeshift trigger,prompting Port Authority police to move in and snatch the bag away.
A search of the duffel turned up an assemblage of batteries andwires that police thought was intended to look like a bomb, Kellysaid. An NYPD bomb squad used a high-powered water cannon to blowthe device apart.
The terminal was evacuated at around 5:30 a.m. Investigatorsquickly determined that the device wasn't dangerous, but travelersbecame inconvenienced as flights were postponed and traffic backedup outside. Passengers didn't get back in to the terminal untilclose to 9 a.m.


More from News 12
2:25
A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

2:30
Global technology outage causing flight disruptions at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

Global technology outage causing flight disruptions at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

2:24
Cool temps overnight; mix of sun and clouds this weekend with chance for rain

Cool temps overnight; mix of sun and clouds this weekend with chance for rain

0:28
Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

0:53
Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

0:26
Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

0:31
Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

2:14
Property taxes increase in some New Jersey towns as state slashes school funding

Property taxes increase in some New Jersey towns as state slashes school funding

0:26
Russia convicts reporter from NJ of espionage after a trial widely seen as politically motivated

Russia convicts reporter from NJ of espionage after a trial widely seen as politically motivated

0:26
Loose lid blamed in latest Dunkin’ lawsuit from Elizabeth woman

Loose lid blamed in latest Dunkin’ lawsuit from Elizabeth woman

2:20
Paws & Pals: Prince now available for adoption with Best Friend

Paws & Pals: Prince now available for adoption with Best Friend

0:36
Police: Borgata Hotel briefly evacuated after caller claims to have bomb

Police: Borgata Hotel briefly evacuated after caller claims to have bomb

13:51
'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

1:39
New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

1:57
Prosecutor: Director of Brick Township Rec Department issued phony permits to play on ballfields

Prosecutor: Director of Brick Township Rec Department issued phony permits to play on ballfields

1:53
Hundreds of Hunterdon and Somerset county residents clean up following intense Tuesday storms

Hundreds of Hunterdon and Somerset county residents clean up following intense Tuesday storms

0:44
Jersey Proud: Union Township elementary school students participate in junior police academy

Jersey Proud: Union Township elementary school students participate in junior police academy