The driver parked and left the vehicle unattended just after 11 p.m., and a witness reported seeing the driver running from the scene.
Port Authority police responded, and the terminal was partially evacuated during the investigation.
No direction is causing utter confusion at Laguardia airport. Moving everyone to upper level and out of terminal B. pic.twitter.com/mBU5FU6YYo— Rachel Moylan (@rachelamoylan) September 23, 2016
The vehicle that caused the commotion at Laguardia. pic.twitter.com/3oSydoz061— Rachel Moylan (@rachelamoylan) September 23, 2016
The vehicle was quickly identified, as it had been involved in prior investigations into illegal livery operations at the airport.
The NYPD bomb squad also responded to the scene and seemed the vehicle was safe. It was issued a parking ticket, towed and impounded by Port Authority police.
The driver is being interviewed by Port Authority police, and their investigation into the illegal operation of a livery vehicle continues.
No other criminality is suspected.
There was heavy traffic in the area because of the police activity, with Terminal B reopening after about an hour.