July 4th, 2010
07:23 PM ET

JFK airport terminal reopened after bomb scare

A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was evacuated Sunday evening for about two hours after a caller phoned in a threat, according to a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

John Kelly of the Port Authority said a female caller claimed there was a bomb in Terminal One in a call about 5:40 p.m.

"Using the utmost due diligence, we evacuated the terminal," Kelly said. About 300 people were inside at the time, he said.

Once the terminal had been searched, the evacuation was ended shortly after 8 p.m., Kelly said.

Kelly said an earlier, unrelated incident at the same terminal occurred when a Port Authority officer noticed an unattended bag. That bag was examined and cleared, he said.

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  1. mate

    Waste of time having an airport in New York now.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nyc

    My inlaws were among the passengers evacuated. They were visiting from abroad and don't speak a word of English. They finally called us from a payphone and told what happened. Along with hundreds of others, they were kept under a scorching heat outside the terminal for 3 hours. There was no access to toilets or drinking water. It was tough for them, but they said it was even tougher for very old people or small children. I am sure this is not the first time this has happened in JFK, so I wonder why do they treat passengers so poorly? Is it that hard to give people some water?

    July 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eierabe

    Good going 4chan. Way to screw up people's schedules.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Since when is ABC-7 a CNN affiliate?

    July 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. horace

    So, to whom 'Bama will apologize for that?

    July 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmie

    allah is dead

    July 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IronRider

    Mean people suck!

    July 5, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
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