Anchorage, Alaska Airport Evacuated Due To Bad Joke

PSA: Jokes about bombs at airports are never funny.

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Peter Friesema needs to work on his sense of humor. While checking in for a flight at Alaska’s largest airport on Sunday, Friesema allegedly made a joke about a bomb in a bag, and the police took the comment very seriously.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was locked down for more than two hours early Sunday morning as police investigated a “security breach.” The shutdown stemmed from a comment made by Friesema to an Alaska Airlines agent, “But my friend’s bag has a bomb in it.” (Some accounts quote him as saying “What if my friend’s bag has a bomb in it?”) His joke, according to the Anchorage Daily News, “forced hundreds of passengers into the cold night air, caused many to miss connections, and landed him in jail.”

As police investigated the threat, hundreds of passengers were sent outside into freezing temperatures. According to the Associated Press, shuttle buses were only able to carry a few dozen passengers at a time out of the cold and over to other terminals.

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Friesema has been arrested on charges of making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. “He did something that in this day and age a teenager would know better than to do,” said John Parrott, the Anchorage airport manager speaking to the Anchorage Daily News. The result was hundreds of people inconvenienced and a costly delay of flights.”

Additionally, the police set up a roadblock to prevent people from reaching the terminal, according to the Associated Press. The result was a long line of traffic on the road leading to the airport.

Friesema was jailed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex with bail set at $5,000.

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3 comments
HenryBalfour
HenryBalfour

I've been across all the MSM on this story - the Press Release they are all written from has been dishonest in the extreme.  This passenger was checking in with two others, and his bag was tagged to another passengers name.  He quite rightly pointed this out to the woman doing the check-in, who said (stupidly, and outside regualtions) "It dont matter, they are all going to the same place".  He then pointed out, with increased vigour, (as you do when faced with bald-headed idiocy) that he did not pack that 'other' bag, and no responsibility for that bag and for all he knew it might contain a bomb.  The check-in woman then started a chain of absolutley mindless idiocy that unfolded as the story correctly points out.  The story does fail to inform that passengers inside the Terminal building were all herded outside into the cold night weather, even if they had unsuitable top clothing for the temperature.  That little tidbit didnt make it into the "official" press release, did it ?  So ... the Alaska Airport press release is a sham as it blames the passenger who simply wanted to point out a security breech in the mis-tagged bags, and we also have another (in a long long line) example of TSA insanity.  America is deeply damaged by this kind of mindless paranoia, and any one of you who whine that the TSA is keeping you 'safe' from the Boogie man is a fool.

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I want to know whether he will be accused of what he has done.