U.S. Reopens Tokyo Airport After Bomb Threat

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A bomb threat triggered a shutdown of Terminal 3 at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Saturday before things calmed down. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left that same evening before his plane was cleared to fly again. An emergency was declared at Terminal 3 in Tokyo where Pompeo was scheduled to be on a stop to visit sites used for the bombing of Hiroshima, where Japan and the U.S. fought during World War II.

Officials say the threat was a hoax. At 6:49 p.m. local time on Saturday, Japanese authorities and the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Center received information about a possible threat that could affect the international departures at Haneda. Japan’s Ministry of National Defense and police authorities scrambled to determine the seriousness of the threat and to ensure the safety of passengers and airport staff. Within a few minutes, the airport’s Terminal 3 has been closed as a safety precaution. The decision to close the terminal was made, taking into account the flight of air traffic out of Terminal 3 and air traffic control data. According to Japanese law, no flight can take off or land during the period of a security alert. The U.S.A. Flight Force, whose special mission is to provide airlift support to combatant commanders, Flight Options, a carrier industry non-profit whose mission is to enable full range of operations of military service members, and U.S. Embassy Tokyo notified all U.S. nationals to avoid the airport. It was assumed that the area would remain closed for several hours, until it was determined to be safe.

FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Tokyo:

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The Embassy of the United States says in a tweet the Terminal 3 closed temporarily due to a bomb threat.

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