(Update: 11:32 a.m. Friday) — Additional information from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office was added.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Authorities responded to bomb threats across the country Thursday at airports, businesses, and other institutions. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport also received a similar threat, county officials said. Like the other bomb threats across the region and country, the threat was deemed not credible.
The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport received a bomb threat at about 1 p.m. Thursday, county public information officer Marcia Lynch said in a statement.
The airport followed an emergency plan it had in place and alerted the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and federal authorities, Airport Director Mike Hall said.
“Fortunately it was not a credible threat,” Hall said. He said the safety of their passengers, staff, and others at the airport is their top priority. “We took the threat seriously and acted accordingly while we worked to determine if it was legitimate or not.”
Law enforcement searched the terminal and “confirmed the security of the facility,” Lynch said. Multiple federal and local agencies deemed this a non-credible threat, Lynch said. She also said the county is reviewing the incident and its response.
Bomb threats were reported across the region and country Thursday, local and national outlets reported. According to the Washington Post, the FBI issued a statement Thursday that said it was aware of the recent bomb threats “made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”
Hall said the threat was emailed to the airport and was similar to other extortion-like emails businesses and organizations received Thursday. CNN included an email sent to a business owner in Oklahoma on Thursday, which was similar to others reported. The email demanded $20,000 via bitcoin and threatened that an explosive device would go off if they did not pay the amount requested.
Syracuse and Onondaga County received several bomb threats Thursday, according to Syracuse.com. At least nine were reported in Syracuse.
Lt. Daniel Donahue, public information officer for the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, said they are not aware of any other similar threats within Tompkins County.