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. Dan

    I hope it's nothing serious!

    July 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    I wonder if CNN news anchor Octavia Nasr expresses deep respect and adulation for the perpetrator of this terror attack, just as she did earlier when hearing of the death of a Hezbollah terrorist.

    July 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RangerBob

    I blame Obama

    Just kidding - but I figure, it won't be long before somebody would anyway... 🙂

    July 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • drea


      July 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      hahahaaa.... I like that one. everything is being blamed on Obama. Why not this one too... it would make sense. I am sure he called JFK to distract the american people 🙂

      July 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      He is president, and should start taking accountability for something. When will he take responsibility for anything as the president?

      July 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Brian.. what do you mean "take responsibility"? Are you waiting for him to come out and say "I take responsibility for X"? Because, you know... thats not something that makes it into the words said by presidents very often.

      July 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Blame Obama?! Get real, he hasn't hit the two year mark yet. So everyone is still blaming Bush for whatever goes wrong.

      July 5, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • V..

      What do you mean "blame Obama"???????? Any moron knows it's Bush's fault!

      July 5, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marty

    My mom is about to land on Polish Airlines coming from Rzeszow , Poland ,...hope everything is good.

    July 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • xpeterpl

      so is my Uncle who just messaged me

      July 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      cool,...yeah I check flightstats dot com and it gave me the hour they landed already 🙂 pfffiew what a relief .

      July 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Omi

    Its open now just heard on SKY news, all good thanks God

    July 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ergo

    What happened to the reports of this being a hoax. And why did all the news websites take down this article not too long ago and put it up with different information? Are you guys making stuff up now?

    July 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ali

    Thank God for our quick and brave lawmen

    July 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      Amen brother. AMEN.

      July 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joey

    its 4th of july.free fireworks show!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ali

    its not a joke ...

    July 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    Please. The only reason the airport was evacuated was because a bunch of butthurt jokers on a website called 4chan called in a bomb threat to keep some girl named Rachel Wissner from boarding a plane to Africa.

    July 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldone

      Ash Mahtani, David Afable, Sam Schroeder, Eric Michael Britz, Julianna Mellitas

      July 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joey

    I bet Lindsay Lohan did it so she could get out of her court appearance!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerBob

      I thought the same thing, but was waiting to see if TMZ or Perez Hilton posted it first... lol

      July 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rhonda

    It's obvious that it's time that all passengers and visitors are strip searched BEFORE being allowed to enter airport properties. Der should be security stations outside of ze airports to perform zis funktion!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. min

    lol i was just reading that thread on 4chan

    July 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Here's to hoping it wasn't another underwear terrorist dropping a bomb in his pants! How can they profane the good work of Fruit of the Loom?

    July 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ali

    Islam is the root of terrorism:(

    July 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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