LaGuardia Departures Shut Down When FAA Reported The FBI Lost A Fugitive Inside The Airport

A ground stop for all departures from New York LaGuardia was put in place Wednesday evening, though arrivals were allowed to continue, because the FAA believed that the FBI had “lost track of a fugitive” who was “now loose in the airport” as first reported by aviation watchdog JonNYC.

LGA:***all departures stoppedFBI lost track of a fugitive there, currently "on the loose in the airport"***

— 🇺🇦 JonNYC 🇺🇦 (@xJonNYC) August 18, 2022

The federal agencies were coordinating to ensure that the fugitive did not escape on a flight, though presumably with access to airline reservations data they would know which flight the fugitive made it onto and with the time the plane had in the air (and with generally heavy law enforcement presence at airports) they’d be able to interdict the fugitive at their arrival gate.

A ground stop at LGA airport due to law enforcement activity. That’s not something you see every day! pic.twitter.com/IfAyeLZWlw

— Eric Burris (@EricBurrisWESH) August 18, 2022

The FBI hasn’t commented, but passengers have.

Already 2 hours delayed. Got on the plane finally. Been sitting here nearly an hour. Then we get told that there’s a criminal on the loose at LGA so until the FBI catches them, all flights are shut down. Also – 30 other flights in line to take off. So yeah. What are y’all up to?

— Kayla Braxton (@KaylaBraxtonWWE) August 18, 2022

Given lack of official information, multiple versions of the story are floating around, some a bit less interesting than how air traffic control reported the reason for holding all departing flights.

in -that- version, the [fugitive's] cell phone pinged a location at/near the airport and then the hilarity ensued.

I do not know at this juncture which version is (most) correct.Again, verbatim,original report was:"FBI LOST TRACK OF A FUGITIVE THAT IS NOW LOOSE IN THE AIRPORT"

— 🇺🇦 JonNYC 🇺🇦 (@xJonNYC) August 18, 2022

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