ROCHESTER, New York — Authorities have charged a 32-year-old Italian man with making a bomb threat that prompted officials to shut down Rochester's airport for three hours over the weekend.
Officials charged Francesco Pagano of Cantina, Sicily, with falsely reporting an incident.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says Pagano was trying to buy a ticket around 6:15 a.m. Saturday at the Rochester airport when he said he had a bomb in one of his bags. Officials say Pagano later told deputies he was joking.
Police were concerned because he had arrived at the airport without a reservation and acted strangely "stoic" when authorities attempted to interview him. The airport was shut down for three hours while his luggage was X-rayed in a secure vehicle and bomb-sniffing dogs swept the terminal.
Pagano is scheduled to be arraigned in city court Monday morning.