Security breaches cause delays at Newark airport

Photo from Eyewitness News viewer Lauri during a security lockdown inside Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal C on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

August 6, 2012 4:12:34 AM PDT
Two separate security breaches caused problems for travelers at Terminal C in Newark Airport on Sunday.

A TSA spokesperson told Eyewitness News that the first incident happened at 6:30 a.m. when an oversized bag that triggered an alarm. The bag was not cleared properly, but continued to the airline (United) for loading.

The TSA worked with the PA and the Bomb Squad to locate the oversized bag, which was then re-screened and cleared properly by 9:20 a.m.

The second incident at Newark Liberty International Airport happened at 8:45 a.m. when a passenger left a check point before being thoroughly screened.

Because of this breach, Terminal C remained in a lockdown with no screenings taking place for around three hours. Screenings resumed shortly before noon.

New York Congressman Peter King says he is outraged by the security breach.

King sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security, and told Eyewitness News he'll make it clear to the head of the TSA that such breaches cannot be allowed to continue.

"What happened at Newark today was inexcusable," said King. "This just can't be condoned. This is a terrible failure. Thank God nothing happened."


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