Bad joke prompts Alaska airport evacuation

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 14 at 10:03 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The manager at Alaska's main airport says he expects charges to be filed after a bad joke led to the evacuation of a terminal.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport manager John Parrott says the incident happened a little after 12 a.m. local time Sunday, and the terminal was cleared as authorities searched through baggage. Investigators questioned a man who made reference to a bomb as well as his two traveling companions.

They figured out that he was joking and did not find it funny.

Parrott says he expects state charges and possibly federal charges to be filed against the man, but he's referring further questions to prosecutors.

The terminal was reopened at about 3 a.m. local time.

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