Police: Woman charged after Ariz. airport partly evacuated
PHOENIX — A woman angry about not being allowed to board an American Airlines plane at Sky Harbor International Airport was arrested after allegedly mentioning an explosive device, resulting in hundreds of travelers having to evacuate part of one concourse, police said Saturday.
A police bomb squad found no device and the airport soon returned to normal Friday.
Police said Hope Webber, 53, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor false emergency reporting and felony making a false terrorism report.
Webber’s statements to airline personnel during the incident “related to an explosive device,” Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a police spokeswoman, said. Webber’s hometown wasn’t available, Fortune said Saturday.