Friends and family huddle under a street light in the Jacksonville International Airport courtesy parking lot using phones to communicate with passengers stuck in the airport or in other cities Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The airport was evacuated after authorities found two suspicious packages.

Jacksonville Airport Resumes Operations After Bomb Scare

One suspect is in custody after two suspicious packages left passengers in limbo for nearly five hours.

Friends and family huddle under a street light in the Jacksonville International Airport courtesy parking lot using phones to communicate with passengers stuck in the airport or in other cities Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The airport was evacuated after authorities found two suspicious packages.
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Authorities arrested a suspect after finding two suspicious packages at Jacksonville International Airport, leaving passengers in limbo during a nearly five-hour shutdown.

Zeljko Causevic, a 39-year-old Bosnian native, is being held without bond and charged with making a false report about a hoax bomb,reported the Associated Press. He is scheduled to appear in a Jacksonville, Fla. court at 1 p.m. Another suspect was arrested after acting suspiciously, but police said he is not directly connected to Causevic.

 

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson Shannon Hartley told reporters he did not have many details regarding the incident other than a bomb squad had to move one of the packages offsite, as it contained "a device that needed to be rendered safe."

Airport spokesperson Michael Stewart said the airport would remain open, though individual airlines would determine how to restart their flight operations. The FBI, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority police and the Sheriff's Office are continuing the investigation.

The incident began when a man refused to be screened by security and claimed to have a bomb, The Florida Times-Union reported. He was taken into custody and asked to speak with the FBI. The incident canceled more than 20 flights. Outbound passengers were asked to leave the airport while shuttle buses evacuated arriving passengers off the tarmac to hotels nearby.

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