JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man originally from Bosnia told security screeners at the Jacksonville International Airport he had a bomb in his camouflage backpack, but they only found a small luggage scale with two batteries and a microchip, authorities said.
The threat shut down the airport for about five hours Tuesday night, delaying outbound flights and stranding passengers on planes on the tarmac.
Zeljko Causevic, 39, was scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday afternoon on charges including making a false report about planting a bomb or explosive and making a hoax bomb, according to an arrest report.
Causevic approached a TSA agent Tuesday, saying he had a device that was "supposed to be a bomb, but it's not," the arrest report said. He told authorities he had a "detonator," which was a remote control device, and his bag also contained a cellphone.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed Causevic and he was arrested.
Causevic is originally from Bosnia, but is now a U.S. citizen. It was unclear whether he was getting onto a flight, and authorities have not released a motive. The FBI, airport police and the Jacksonville sheriff's office are continuing to investigate.
Phone numbers listed for Causevic were disconnected.
Arlie Gentry was on a Southwest flight arriving from New York via Baltimore just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"We moved from one spot on the runway to another spot," said Gentry, who was reached on his cellphone while still on the plane. "They told us we couldn't get off the plane."
Gentry said the pilots initially told passengers they didn't know what was going on.
While the delay was bothersome, Gentry said everyone on his plane remained calm. He said he was never really worried for his safety because the plane remained so far from the terminal.