Farmington man pleads not guilty after LaGuardia threat
New York — A 70-year-old passenger who was arrested at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after authorities say he threatened a ticket agent has pleaded not guilty to making a terrorist threat.
Authorities say he threatened a worker at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter, prompting a partial evacuation of the terminal and the summoning of explosives experts.
The police action shut down the ticketing area of the airport’s main terminal temporarily while the New York Police Department’s bomb squad responded to the scene and checked a bag. No explosives were found.
John Park of Farmington, Michigan has pleaded not guilty to making a terrorist threat and was released without bail after his arraignment late Saturday.
Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the threat was made by a passenger at about 7:15 a.m. in Terminal B. He said the airport was functioning normally about two hours later.
Police shut down the ticketing area of the airport’s main terminal temporarily while the bomb squad checked the bag. No explosives were found.
The Port Authority operates New York’s three major airports, which include John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Newark International Airport in New Jersey.
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