Freight Dawgs Rule
- Dec 17, 2003
- Total Time
I wouldn't want to be that guy/gal, when they get caught...
Threats Prompt Closures of Calif. Airports
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Airports in Long Beach and Orange County were shut down Tuesday morning because of bomb threats, officials said.
The Long Beach threat was made in a telephone call placed to the facility around 3 a.m., said airport spokeswoman Sharon Diggs-Jackson. The threat to John Wayne Airport in Orange County also came in a telephone call, said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration.
He said he did not know if flights had been affected but added that the airport was operating normally.
At Long Beach, all early flights at were canceled, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the city's police department. Planes typically begin arriving and departing from the airport after 7 a.m., she said.
Police were searching all areas of the airport with bomb-sniffing dogs, Pratt said.
Officials expect substantial delays once the facility reopens because security workers will have to screen a large volume of travelers at once, Diggs-Jackson said.
Authorities hope to complete their investigation and begin allowing people into the airport around 7 a.m., she said.
The airport serves commercial carriers including Jet Blue, American, America West and Alaska.