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A Former TSA Employee is Indicted After a Bomb Hoax at the Tulsa International Airport

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. – Today, a former TSA employee made an initial appearance before the federal court for leaving notes in the airport restroom, claiming there was a bomb in the airport. Sharon Jean Devine, 48, of Tulsa, is charged with two counts of False Information and Hoaxes in an unsealed indictment.

“My office has no tolerance for threats of violence, especially bomb threats within an airport,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

“Every time a threat is made, a sophisticated law enforcement response is set into motion to ensure public safety,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Kaplan of the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office. “Bomb hoaxes like the ones alleged to have been fabricated by the defendant put the community at risk and will not be tolerated.”

Statement from the Tulsa International Airport: “Tulsa International Airport Police received a report of a bomb threat on a handwritten note that was located in the pre-security side of the airport. Airport police immediately responded and secured the area and determined that there was no threat to public safety. Airport police then conducted an investigation where they identified a possible suspect and contacted the Tulsa FBI office. Tulsa FBI took over the investigation from that point forward and proceeded with their own investigation.”

As a result of the investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Oklahoma filed a criminal indictment. Court records show that Devine left a note in the restroom on March 5, 2024, and March 23, 2024. The notes stated there was a bomb located in the airport. If convicted, Devine faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. 

The FBI, Tulsa Airport Police, and the Tulsa Police Department are assisting in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan E. Michel is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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Updated July 9, 2024