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Passenger talks about being in line with JIA hoax bomb suspect

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Updated: 10/02/2013 7:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a bumpy start to the day at Jacksonville International Airport.

At least three flights were delayed and seven planes canceled, all because of the airport bomb scare Tuesday night.

People looking to board flights at JIA Wednesday morning described last night's bomb scare as chaotic.

"There were bomb squads, sirens going past until 11 last night, fire trucks and ambulances," said airline passenger Christy Conway.

The entire airport was evacuated after police say 39-year-old Zeljko Causevic said he had a bomb in a backpack.

The JSO bomb squad neutralized the device safe.

Action News spoke with a woman who says Causevic was just two people ahead of her in the security line.

"He had come right through the line and didn't check in with security.

One of the TSA agents went over to ask him to please go back and check in and he didn't want to do that," said airline passenger Karen Ouwinga.

She says that's when she saw a backpack on the ground.

"I was traveling with some friends so we just looked at each other and we ran," said Ouwinga.

Ouwinga and hundreds of others were taken to hotels were they waited five hours for the airport to reopen.

"I think I was more nervous last night and I thought I'd be nervous today but things are back to normal not crazy like I thought it would be," said Conway.

A JAA spokesman says if you have a question about your flight don't rely on arrival and departure boards, ask an airline representative.
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