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Illinois Man Arrested, Accused Of Threats At Logan Airport

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The control tower at Logan Airport (AP Photo)

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police officials say an Illinois man has been arrested, accused of making threats to security personnel at Logan International Airport before boarding a Chicago-bound flight.

The state police say in a statement officers were called to a Southwest Airlines security checkpoint at approximately 5:35 p.m. Saturday following a report that a man was making threats to Transportation Security Administration workers. Officials say the man said he had “guns and bombs” in his checked luggage, specifically an AK-47 machine gun and hand grenades.

Troopers arrested 22-year-old Joseph Haynes of Chicago for making a false bomb threat and disorderly conduct.

Haynes’ carry-on bags were searched at the checkpoint and his checked luggage was removed and searched. Officials say no firearms or explosives were found.

The checkpoint was closed for about 20 minutes while state police investigated.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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