updated 2/18/2008 12:54:05 AM ET 2008-02-18T05:54:05

An airline passenger was taken into FBI custody on Sunday after authorities said his "suspicious comment" forced a Los Angeles airport terminal to be evacuated for two hours.

Los Angeles International Airport spokesman Albert Rodriguez said the man and his luggage were searched after he got off a Southwest Airlines flight from El Paso, Texas, at about 2 p.m. Sunday. No weapons or explosives were found.

Flights carrying a total of more than 1,800 passengers were delayed. Rodriguez says operations returned to normal about two hours later.

The FBI is investigating.

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