Man faces federal charges for airport bomb scare

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Posted: Oct 22, 2013 5:03 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of making a bomb threat at a Florida airport has been formally charged in federal court.

Zeljko Causevic made his first appearance Tuesday after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of conveying false or misleading information. He faces up to five years in prison.

Authorities say Causevic — a U.S. citizen who is originally from Bosnia — entered Jacksonville International Airport on Oct. 1 and said that he had a bomb. The camouflage backpack he was carrying contained a small luggage scale, a couple of batteries, a microchip and a cellphone. But the scare was enough to evacuate the airport and strand travelers on planes on the tarmac for hours.

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Causevic's next hearing is set for Oct. 29. He is being held without bail.

A message left with the federal public defender's office wasn't immediately returned.