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Palm Beach International Airport reopens after man makes bomb threat, sheriff's office says

Third floor of PBIA evacuated while authorities searched backpack, PBSO says
A Palm Beach County deputy is stationed outside Palm Beach International Airport on Aug. 10, 2022.jpg
Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-10 13:19:56-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Part of Palm Beach International Airport was shut down and evacuated Wednesday after a man claimed to have a bomb in his backpack, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

According to PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera, the incident happened at a ticket counter on the third floor of the airport.

A man made threats to harm himself and claimed he had a bomb in his backpack. He was eventually taken into custody.

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The third floor of PBIA was evacuated and shut down while authorities searched the man's backpack.

Our WPTV news crew at the airport saw an escalator to the third floor blocked off. However, the entire floor was eventually reopened just before 12:30 p.m.

An escalator is blocked off at Palm Beach International Airport on Aug. 10, 2022.jpg
An escalator is blocked off at Palm Beach International Airport on Aug. 10, 2022.

"The incident is over and the airport is open and back to normal operations," said Lacy Larson, the director of marketing, communications, and air service at PBIA, in a written statement to WPTV.

The evacuation did not appear to impact flights, as a check of PBIA's arrivals and departures showed most planes on time.