Airport police and the FBI have halted a bomb search after they looked in all terminals following a phoned-in threat at Los Angeles International Airport.
While they investigated, traffic was diverted from lower-level arrivals in three terminals at LAX. That caused a major backup in rush-hour traffic, though lanes were reopened at about 3:40 p.m.
Travelers had been advised to plan ahead and expect delays.
LAX police spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles said in a statement that the agency responded to the threat at 2:05 p.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad and the Los Angeles Fire Department were on scene, Nettles said at 3:20 p.m. A command post had been set up, as shown at right.
A caller had said a bomb had been placed in an elevator of a parking garage next to Terminal 1 or 2, Nettles said.
All terminals were searched and nothing was found. The search concluded at 4:16 p.m., but authorities were continuing to attempt to figure out who the caller is.
Flight operations were continuing, Nettles said.