A man's threat at Sky Harbor Airport Friday afternoon stopped all business at Terminal 4 for nearly three hours, and is believed to have cost millions of dollars in delays.
According to court paperwork, John Nichols was checking a bag at the Southwest ticket counter around 3:30 p.m., when he made a comment to the airport worker that he had a bomb inside his luggage and walked away.
The Southwest worker notified officials immediately.
Court records state multiple agencies responded to the airport as a brief manhunt was launched for Nichols and the entire Terminal 4 ticketing area was evacuated.
The evacuation shut down all business for airlines in Terminal 4 for two and a half hours before authorities located Nichols.
According to court records, the 61-year-old showed no remorse for the incident.
Nichols is facing charges of knowingly giving false information.