Airport bomb scare

Prank on friend soured

An ill-timed joke led to a police investigation at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman Saturday night.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service was called around 9pm Saturday after a car wrapped in yellow caution tape, similar to what’s used at crime scenes, was found in the airport’s long-term parking lot.

RCIPS set up a protective perimeter and road blocks around the airport grounds while the investigation was conducted. It was later determined that the car was no threat.

A 29-year-old man was taken to the George Town police station for questioning in connection with the incident. Police said the man admitted to taping up the car as a joke on his friend who had left the vehicle in the car park.

The car’s owner was on vacation and was due to return to Grand Cayman this weekend.

The 29-year-old was severely warned about his actions, according to a police spokesperson. But he was not arrested or charged with any offences.

The airport incident in Cayman occurred the same day a burning Jeep was driven at the Glasgow Airport’s main terminal building. The Scottish airport was shut down for hours while police investigated.

Eyewitnesses in Glasgow reported the vehicle was on fire in the middle of the terminal’s doorway. Another witness told the British Broadcasting Corporation the car itself did not explode, but there were some smaller pops and bangs. An airport maintenance worker was quoted as saying the two men who drove the Jeep appeared to have Molotov Cocktails with them.

UK authorities were already on heightened alert after two cars containing explosives were found in Central London last week. Those explosives did not detonate.

The Caymanian Compass has learned the man questioned in the Owen Roberts Airport incident was aware of the Glasgow airport bombing, but police said he only intended to tape up his friend’s car as a prank.

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