Man angry at baggage fees forces evacuation of LaGuardia with bomb 'joke'

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The man who sparked a partial evacuation of LaGuardia Airport on Saturday after allegedly claiming to have a bomb in his bag now says that he was just making a "joke".

According to the New York Post, the threat was delivered around 7 a.m. Saturday morning after a male passenger had an altercation with a Spirit Airlines ticket agent.

Confusion prevailed as people were evacuated to the sidewalk outside the terminal and traffic around the airport was diverted, passengers said.

No explosive was found and no one was injured, the station reported.

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The New York Police Department's bomb squad investigated the bag and determined that the threat was unfounded. The airport tweeted out that Terminal B flights were disrupted because of the incident.

Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman with the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, said the threat was made at about 7:15 Terminal B. He said the airport was functioning normally about two hours later.

Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Miramar, Florida-based Spirit Airlines Inc., referred a request for comment to police authorities.

Around 9.30am, LaGuardia Airport announced that the terminal had resumed normal operations.