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Bomb scare at Phoenix airport caused by unattended car; police say driver is likely to only $56 parking ticket

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials begin to recover from the normal activities after the temporary closure of Terminal 4.

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The director who is responsible for leaving an unattended car in the vicinity of a terminal at the airport Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday morning – and the throwing of Terminal 4 in a chaos as a result – will likely be just a parking ticket.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials announced shortly before noon that the measures are finally returning to normal after the exit of Terminal 4, “as a precaution” during a police investigation of the unattended vehicle. They had initially closed part of the Arizona airport and all passengers evacuated after someone called to report a suspicious car left in a curb lane on the airport for nearly four hours earlier, AZ Central reported.

Update Operations to return to normal at Terminal 4. Travelers are encouraged to continue to check their flight with their airlines.

— PHX Sky Harbor (@PHXSkyHarbor) September 16, 2018

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The terminal closure caused delays and cancellations of 34 Southwest flights. Other airlines affected included American Airlines, Air Canada and British Airways.

Officials closed part of the Arizona airport and all passengers evacuated after someone called to report a suspicious, unattended rental car.

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The Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson confirmed that a bomb squad had been working to ensure that the car is not a danger for the terminal could be reopened.

Bomb robots are now, and dogs #phoenixairport @skyharborairport #phoenixpolice #Phoenix pic.twitter.com/FOQt33jPfd

— ray mota (@rmota) September 16, 2018

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A spokeswoman for the airport said that three of the four security checkpoints in the terminal closed as a result of the incident, and the Sky Train stopped with the dropping of the passengers in the terminal.

Stuck in the Phoenix airport and the lock down #PHX pic.twitter.com/a8ZQi18qTM

— Aditya Padaki (@adityapadaki) September 16, 2018

Sgt. Thompson later stated that the driver, who was not named, would probably be faced with nothing more than a parking citation, which he was told would amount to $56. The driver may also have to pay for the extra drag.

Displaced passengers on Twitter, meanwhile, had called for the driver to be punished much more severely.

A woman, who claimed that they missed out on a friend’s bridal shower as a result of the delay, a shared open tweet to the driver, she says that she hopes that the favorable parking job was “worth the effort” he or she was about to get.

The person who has their car on the pavement at the airport, and exit from terminal 4 of the cause of my flight to be cancelled, to my best friends bridal shower – hey, cool. I get it. Ive contimplated many times over. Hope where ur headed is worth ur in tho ?

— limited the incentives (@kelseyshumway) September 16, 2018

Another, Ryan Hintze, called the driver an “idiot.”

“A thoughtless person decided to waste thousands of people’s time and the inconvenience of them,” wrote Hintze in a Twitter direct message, according to AZ Central. “I hope that the idiot who left the car is tracked down and punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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