Jamaica makes arrest in cargo flight threat

The Associated Press
Friday, March 4, 2011; 10:08 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaican police have arrested an airport worker for making a hoax bomb threat that temporarily halted air cargo shipments to the United States.

A Jamaica Constabulary Force statement says 46-year-old David Bernard is suspected of calling authorities to falsely warn that another worker was planning to put explosives on an American Airlines plane.

Police say the hoax forced a two-day suspension of cargo shipments and other security measures. Shipments to Canada and the Bahamas were also briefly halted.

Bernard is a restaurant supervisor at the airport. Police say he apparently had a vendetta against the other worker.

Bernard was charged Friday with offenses that include terrorism and public mischief.

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