Home of Air Force One Locked Down Over Bomb Threat

A woman was taken into custody at Joint Base Andrews
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2016 5:49 PM CDT
Military personnel salutes as Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, departs from Joint Base Andrews in 2014.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Joint Base Andrews—perhaps best known as the home of Air Force One—was locked down Thursday evening due to a bomb threat, ABC News reports. Authorities say a woman walked into the Maryland base's visitor center around 5:15pm and claimed to have a bomb strapped to her chest. The base's main gate was closed, and personnel were warned to keep away from the area. The woman, who didn't have a bomb, was eventually taken into custody. According to WUSA9, the incident didn't impact flights or missions at the base. Joint Base Andrews is routinely used by high-ranking government officials and foreign heads of state when they travel to or from Washington DC. (Read more bomb threat stories.)

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