Scott McGann: Suspect in Custody After La Guardia Bomb Scare
Scott McGann is the man who is now in custody after causing the La Guardia bomb scare this morning and the airport has been reopened although flight delays are occurring.
McGann, 32, entered the Central Terminal of the airport this morning with a United Airlines ticket to Chicago and tickets on connecting flights to Oakland, California.
The trouble began shortly after 5 a.m., when McGann checked in for a flight and immediately began attracting attention because of bizarre behavior.
Police were called about a suspicious and possibly intoxicated person at the security checkpoint, and they detained McGann. When they searched his bag they found what looked to be a makeshift bomb and the terminal was evacuated. The device was determined not to be dangerous.
Flights were disrupted across the country however.
Roughly a half-dozen United flights were delayed because of the incident, airline spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. Of the arrest, he said, "We are cooperating with authorities."
American Airlines canceled eight flights. Delta Air Lines Inc. has a separate terminal from where the incident occurred, so planes continued to arrive and depart, but flights were still disrupted because traffic prevented flight crews from getting to the airport, airline spokesman Carlos Santos said.
Discount carrier AirTran Airways canceled two flights and delayed about a dozen others, spokesman Christopher White said.