Man arrested after making threats at BWI Airport

Posted at 7:29 AM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 17:35:05-04

Authorities say a man who falsely claimed he had a bomb inside a carry-on bag at a Maryland airport has been taken into custody.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office said says bomb squad technicians performed an X-ray of the bag at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport early Tuesday and saw what looked like a possible hand grenade device.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said a robot was deployed and no device was found.

The owner of the bag was identified as Jason C. Hallenbeck, 46, from Washington D.C. Hallenbeck was arrested and charged with making a false statement concerning a destructive device and interfering with airport security procedure.

Concourses A and B were closed for four hours. There were several cancellations on the board throughout the morning, but it is unknown if they were linked to the security threat.