Fort Lauderdale Airport Bomb Threat Update as Entrances Reopen

Access to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was restricted after police closed down the entrance to the airport in Broward County, Florida as a result of what was believed to be a possible bomb threat on Thursday morning.

All entrances to the airport were shut due to a disruption at Terminals 2 and 3, according to Florida's WSVN. Officials had informed people on the scene that there was a "bomb threat or scare."

An investigation was conducted at the terminals amid reports that a suspicious package was found at the airport, though officials offered limited information at the time. The situation arose due to the discovery of wires in a parked vehicle in the airport's upper level.

"Police blocking access to Fort Lauderdale Int'l Airport amid investigation outside of terminals 2/3. Updates as we get them," tweeted Cayle Thompson, journalist with the National Desk.

The wires were found early on Thursday and deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office responded at about 1.10am., according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The bomb squad determined that the wires were not a threat and police issued the all clear at around 7am.

The roads leading to the airport were reopened but at that point flights had been affected. According to FlightAware, dozens flights through Fort Lauderdale Airport had been delayed as of 9 a.m. as a result of the disruption. However, departure delays were decreasing, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Travelers planning to use Fort Lauderdale Airport are being advised to check with their airlines now that routes to the international airport have been fully reopened.

#TrafficUpdate - roadways are now open into FLL.. pic.twitter.com/xptVeGWbN1

— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) April 1, 2021

The airport issued a travel advisory via Twitter early on Thursday morning saying that disruptions to airport operations "may be possible." Once access to the airport was restored, Fort Lauderdale Airport's Twitter account sent a second post about the issue.

The airport said operations were "gradually returning to normal following an earlier security incident outside of Terminals 2 and 3. Please be patient as FLL employees, including TSA and CBP personnel, are allowed back into the airport to resume operations."

"Travelers are advised to check with their airline for updated flight information before heading to FLL," the airport's statement said. "We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this time as we work to get everyone safely to their final destinations."

Update 4/1/2020, 10:50 a.m. ET.: This article was updated with new information.

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A Frontier Airlines plane is seen at the gate April 11, 2008 at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Entrances to the airport were closed down early Thursday morning amid reports of a possible bomb threats. Getty Images