Bag Destroyed at Jackson Airport

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The man whose brief case and suspicious behavior shut down the Jackson International Airport Thursday could face a civil lawsuit, airport officials said.

Security officers destroyed the unidentified passenger's carry-on briefcase after an x-ray showed a suspicious object and the owner falsely claimed to be a law enforcement officer, officials said.

Larry Rowlett, federal security director for airports in Mississippi, said no bomb was found and the passenger was released after questioning, but the bomb scare closed Jackson International Airport for an hour.

Hundreds of people were evacuated and flights were delayed.

Rowlett said a civil lawsuit might be filed against the passenger, identified only as a 35-year-old Jackson man, for "impeding checkpoint operations.''

The man told officials that the suspicious item was a phone charger, but Rowlett said the item did not match the phone he was carrying.

The briefcase was blown apart with a water cannon in an airport stairwell.

Officials said the passenger also claimed to work for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, then admitted it was not true after airport officials asked to see his badge.