Authorities Evacuate L.A. Airport Terminal Due to Suspicious Comment from Passenger

An airline passenger was in FBI custody Sunday after his "suspicious comment" forced a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport to be evacuated for two hours, authorities said.

A man on Southwest Airlines flight 1182 from El Paso, Texas, made the comment Sunday afternoon at about 2 p.m., airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez said. It was unclear exactly what the man said.

A police bomb squad searched the man and his luggage as he got off the plane but no weapons or explosives were found, Rodriguez said.

The man was taken into custody by the FBI, which is continuing the investigation. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Sunday night.

More than 1,800 passengers on Southwest and US Airways had flights delayed. Operations returned to normal at about 4 p.m., Rodriguez said.