Judge: Man in 9/11 airport hoax should be freed

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A federal judge is recommending that a Pennsylvania man accused of trying to carry fake bombs through security at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks be released without going to trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays on Tuesday issued a report that says 50-year-old Anthony Falco Jr., who has been found incompetent to stand trial, is not a risk to others or their property and should be set free. He has been in custody since Sept. 11, 2011, when airport security detected suspicious items in his bags.

Falco’s mother said he had stopped taking medications for schizophrenia at the time of the incident, which shut down the airport’s Terminal B on a busy Sunday and forced the cancellation of at least two flights.