Police say the operation to stop a knife-wielding man who was making threats at Brisbane Airport's international terminal was "very dynamic and challenging".
Queensland Police say the incident - which ended peacefully - was not terror related, although the man had allegedly made threats about explosive devices.
Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters on Sunday the accused man had gone to "extraordinary lengths" to create a perception of "risk, threat and fear".
"The male person is in custody and it has been shown that there was no danger to any person from any of these devices which have been found to be inert," he said.
The incident began just before 9pm on Saturday in the terminal's food court, when the man allegedly pulled out a knife and placed a metal object on a table, claiming it was a bomb, after an argument with a woman.
He then chased the woman, a family member, while brandishing the knife, witnesses told Brisbane's The Sunday Mail.
Police have defended the decision to use non-lethal bean bag rounds to stop the man.
"The tactical decision to use a non-lethal round was made at the time. And it was suitable to ensure that the person of interest didn't leave the area we wanted him to stay in," Mr Stewart said.
It triggered a major response from the Australian Federal Police and local police who locked down the airport for more than two hours and halted the airport train services.
A Queensland police officer who could speak Arabic was instrumental in helping end the incident, Mr Crawford said.
"I think it had a major impact on the swiftness with which the matter could be resolved."
An hour later, a Surfers Paradise car park near where the man lives was cordoned off and the area evacuated, as police inspected a vehicle.
The exclusion zone was lifted at 1.40am local time on Sunday.
The 50-year-old man was charged at a bedside hearing with one count each of contravene a domestic violence order, stalking with a weapon, stealing and serious assault police.
He has also been charged with two counts each of making a false statement which can be inferred that there is a plan to damage or destroy a commonwealth air navigation facility, bomb hoax, and common assault.
The charges carry a jail term of up to 10 years.
The man was reportedly at the airport with his wife, mother-in-law and two children who were to catch a flight.
He will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.