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Virginia airport evacuated due to threatening call

on June 11, 2013 9:30 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning after it received a threatening phone call, a spokesman said.

The call was received shortly after 6 a.m. today, airport spokesman Troy Bell said. The airport said in a posting on Twitter that K-9 teams were brought in to sweep the terminal. A sweep of one of the airport’s two concourses has been completed and nothing has been found. The parking decks also were checked and cleared, and passengers were allowed to go to their vehicles and leave the airport.

Katie Schexnayder, 24, of Richmond arrived at the airport this morning to catch an 8 a.m. flight to Nashville, Tenn., only to be told shortly thereafter that the terminal had been evacuated because of a bomb threat. She said passengers were evacuated around 6:30 a.m.

At least 200 passengers were still waiting outside, roughly a quarter-mile from the terminal, as of 8 a.m. today, Schexnayder told The Associated Press in a phone interview from the airport.

“Not far away enough I don’t think, but that’s just me,” she said.

She said the mood was calm and that officials were friendly and willing to answer questions.

“They’re nice enough, just telling us they’re clearing this, clearing that,” Schexnayder said when asked how airport officials were handling the situation. “They’ve been good and keeping us informed enough.”

Schexnayder said she hadn’t seen any flights leaving or arriving since the terminal was evacuated.

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