Police: Man who disrupted Phoenix Sky Harbor said he had a bomb

Man appears in court after Sky Harbor scare

PHOENIX (AP) - Court records show a California man who disrupted operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last week claimed he had a bomb in his travel bag.

John Lincoln Nichols had his initial court appearance Monday before being released on his own recognizance pending a July 28 preliminary hearing. He doesn't have an attorney yet.

The 61-year-old Nichols, of Temecula, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of knowingly giving false information.

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Authorities say Nichols was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nichols went to the Terminal 4 ticketing counter, where an airline employee tagged his check-on bag.

He allegedly said there was a bomb inside the bag and walked away.

Phoenix police were notified, causing a two-hour disruption at the airport.

Police say nothing dangerous was found in Nichols' bag.

© 2017 Associated Press


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