Bomb Scare Closes Greater Binghamton Airport
The Greater Binghamton Airport was closed for about four hours Monday because of a reported bomb threat.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder said a woman called the airport in the Town of Maine at 10:07 a.m. He said she indicated there was a bomb in a car in the long-term parking lot.
Harder said investigators identified the woman, who apparently is not from the Binghamton area. He said she apparently was on the move, driving somewhere outside New York state.
Detectives contacted the woman's family to obtain more information about her.
The Broome County Sheriff's Office worked with county security officers at the airport. An FBI representative visited the airport to be briefed on the situation by county officials.
The Endicott Police Department bomb squad was called to the airport to check the vehicle. No suspicious items were found. The airport was reopened around 2:30 p.m.
Harder said he believed the call was a false bomb threat but authorities had to take it seriously. He said he did not know why the woman targeted the airport.
Lisa Farbstein of the Transportation Security Administration said there was "no issue at the TSA checkpoint or in the TSA checked baggage screening area."
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