Airline Passenger Charged With Disorderly Conduct

The Ted Stevens International Airport was shut down for about three hours at around midnight on Sunday after a passenger made a joke about a bomb in a suitcase. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 44-year-old Peter Friesema, a hockey referee from Colorado, joked that his friend’s bag could have a bomb in it. The airport was evacuated, people were stuck waiting in the cold, and about half a dozen flights were impacted. Friesema was arraigned on Sunday, and the judge, deeming him a flight risk, said that he could not leave the state. He is charged with making terrorist threats and with disorderly conduct.