No Suspect in Birmingham Airport Bomb Threat, 500 Passengers, 12 Flights Impacted
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WAIT) – Birmingham Police say there are still no suspects in connection to Sunday’s bomb threat at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Flights in and out of the airport are arriving and departing like normal on Monday.
Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police said there are no plans to add more security at the airport. Williams said authorities feel there is adequate security in place.
The bomb threat was initially received around 4 p.m. on Sunday when an employee found a note inside a men’s bathroom. Terminals were evacuated and law enforcement officials responded to the scene to investigate the situation.
The airport was temporarily shut down while authorities searched for a bomb and investigated.
Birmingham Airport Authority spokeswoman Toni Bast said the evacuation impacted a total of 500 passengers and a dozen flights, which were either diverted or delayed. Some flights went on to Huntsville, Montgomery and Nashville before returning to Birmingham.
Bast said bomb squads swept the terminal but found nothing.
FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said the agency’s bomb technicians worked with local police to investigate.
The Birmingham evacuation comes two days after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say he shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people.
TSA workers at the Birmingham airport are wearing black bands on their shields in honor of the victims.
The investigation is now being handled by local and federal police. Airport staff plan to meet and discuss what occurred and strategize for the future.