Man arrested after bomb joke

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2001

A traveler was arrested in his hotel room today after making what police called a terrorist threat at the Juneau Airport on Sunday.

James Longcroft, 29, an Irish foreign national in Juneau to work on a cruise ship, said he had a bomb in his luggage, police said. He was arrested for felony terroristic threatening, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

A concerned Alaska Airlines employee contacted Juneau police about Longcroft at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, police said. The man was giving the employee information about a bag he was missing, police said, and made a comment about having a bomb in his missing luggage. He then told the employee he was joking, police said.

After receiving the complaint police said they contacted the FBI office in Juneau, the district attorney's office, airport security and airline dispatch operations in Seattle where the bag was located.

Seattle police examined the bag and found no bomb, Juneau police said.

Longcroft was arrested this morning at his hotel and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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