Police arrest man at Connecticut airport after bomb threat

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Police arrested a man at Connecticut's main airport on Monday after he allegedly told security screeners he was carrying a bomb, officials said, leading to delays on two departing flights.

"At 3.12 pm ET, a male traveller who was passing through the security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, claimed that he had a bomb," the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said in an emailed statement.

A TSA official who asked not to be named said the man did not have any dangerous items in his possession.

Police arrested the man and the airport's security checkpoints were closed for 25 minutes, resulting in the delay of two Southwest Airlines flights, said Mr Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

An official at the Connecticut State Police confirmed the man had been arrested, but he gave no further details.

The incident came as the United States raised security and closed diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa due to concerns about an attack by al Qaeda operatives.

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