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KCK Man Sentenced for Airport Bomb Hoax

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced in federal court for conveying false information as part of a bomb hoax at Kansas City International Airport in August 2014.


David James Cain, 35, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 18 months in federal prison without parole.


On Jan. 21, 2016, Cain pleaded guilty to one count of conveying false information.


At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2014, Cain parked the truck he was driving in front of Terminal B at Kansas City International Airport. The truck remained parked along the curb in front of the terminal for approximately one hour. A KCI traffic control officer had the truck ticketed, and announcements were made over the loud speaker inside the terminal that the owner of truck needed to report or the truck would be towed.


After approximately one hour, Cain approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter and told a ticket agent that there was a bomb in the truck. Cain repeated that there was a bomb in the truck, and then twice told the ticket agent’s supervisor the same thing. The customer service supervisor contacted law enforcement. The KCPD Bomb Squad and an FBI bomb technician searched the truck, and no bomb or explosive material was located.


As a result of Cain’s false statements, KCI evacuated and closed Terminal B for approximately two hours. Shutting down the terminal caused significant flight delays throughout the rest of the day.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Casey. It was investigated by the FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Updated July 27, 2016