LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man attempted to conceal his identity by wearing women’s clothing, a head covering and glasses while trying to buy a ticket in another person’s name for a flight out of Harry Reid International Airport before making a terror threat inside a terminal, police said.
Idan Eliyahu faces charges of making a terror threat, burglary, and obtaining or using another person’s identification, records showed.
The incident was reported Sunday around 4:30 p.m.
Police said a person dressed as a woman approached a ticket counter in Terminal 3. The person, who was wearing a mask, head scarf and glasses, showed a boarding pass and asked for a ticket to California, police said.
The person whose name was on the ticket had already boarded, police said. The person attempting to buy the ticket refused to lower their face mask and then attempted to buy a ticket at another airline’s counter, police said.
The person, later identified as Eliyahu, then went into a bathroom. When he came out, he began “aggressively pulling away from officers” and resisted arrest, police said.
While resisting arrest, Eliyahu reportedly yelled, “I am a terrorist, and I am going to blow this place up,” police said.
Eliyahu was not the person whose identification, including a Nevada driver’s license and passport, was shown at the ticket counters, police said. Eliyahu had also attempted to use another person’s credit cards.
It appears the person whose identity Eliyahu was allegedly using was a family member.
Eliyahu refused to be transported to court for a hearing Monday, records showed. A judge released Eliyahu on his own recognizance as a criminal complaint had yet to be filed.
The judge ordered Eliyahu to stay away from the airport. He was due in court again next month.