This is a photo of Juneau International Airport. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

This is a photo of Juneau International Airport. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Email threat to Alaska airports doesn’t appear credible, police say

Heightened presence of officers at Juneau airport planned Friday.

An emailed bomb threat that targeted unspecific airports in Alaska does not appear to be credible, according to Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell.

“We’ve had communications with the FBI office and it sounds like it’s believed to be a hoax,” he said Friday at about 4 p.m.

The email was originally received on Thursday as spam, Campbell said. He did not know who the email was sent to. He said JPD was notified of the threat Friday afternoon by Juneau International Airport.

The threat follows a similar occurrence earlier this week when multiple Alaska school districts received a bomb threat sent via email on Tuesday. The email was also deemed to be noncredible.

According to Airport Manager Patty Wahto, the Alaska Emergency Operations Center notified the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations of the email threat at about 1:25 p.m. Friday. She said following the notification, the airport contacted JPD and the FBI.

“We’re remaining vigilant despite the fact this appears to be noncredible,” she said later Friday afternoon.

Campbell said JPD operations will remain largely the same, but there will be a heightened presence of officers at Juneau’s airport on Friday.

“We are staying vigilant in the event that there is more to it,” he said.

Public Information Officer Jeremy Zidek with AEOC said Friday afternoon he could not share much information regarding the threat since the investigation was still ongoing.

“We have contacted law enforcement and we’ve also worked with the different airports to notify them of this threat,” he said. “We’re going through all of the precautions to notify people and let them work their emergency plans.”

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651) 528-1807.

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