A Jacksonville airport evacuation Monday was prompted by a man who refused security screening, saying he had a bomb, along with the subsequent discovery of two suspicious packages, one of which was determined to be "destructive" and had to be deactivated offsite by a bomb squad, reports The Associated Press via Yahoo! News on Oct. 2.
Jacksonville International Airport was shut down for nearly five hours, starting shortly after 6:00 p.m. Monday evening. All flights were grounded, and those in the terminal were bused to nearby hotels. The airport reopened at approximately 11:00 p.m.
Shannon Hartley, spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said that one of the packages was found in the terminal and another was located in the parking garage.
“Our bomb squad did find a device that needed to be rendered safe,” Hartley said. “They’re in the process of doing that. They removed it from the area.”
The Florida Times-Union reported that the incident started when a man refused to be screened by TSA officials, then indicated he had a bomb. The man was detained, as were others, including some passengers who were already on planes waiting to depart.
"A witness said that he saw at least two men handcuffed in separate spots — one in the airport and one outside — shortly before 6 p.m. A second witness said he saw police throw a man to the ground outside the airport and then put him in handcuffs," writes the Sun-Times.
“I can’t recall since I’ve been at the airport that an entire terminal has been evacuated, and I’ve been here nine years,” said JIA spokesman Michael Stewart.