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Security Breach At Newark Investigated

From a forgiving Reuters:

Security breach at Newark airport investigated

Mon Jan 4

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – A man who breached security at Newark International Airport, causing an hours-long closing during a hectic holiday weekend, left the terminal 20 minutes after the incident occurred, officials told local media on Monday.

The man, who has neither been found nor identified, walked the wrong way through a security checkpoint at 5:20 p.m. (2220 GMT) on Sunday at the busy New York City-area airport, prompting officials to clear Terminal C and ground all flights for about six hours

In Newark, officials with the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. agency responsible for air security, scanned airport surveillance tapes to identify the man who breached security.

TSA spokesman Ann Davis told local media on Monday that the videos showed the man leaving the terminal about 20 minutes after the security breach. He remained unidentified…

Thousands of passengers were rescreened on Sunday after the incident in a scene that witnesses described as chaotic.

Flights did not resume until about midnight on Sunday, a busy travel day as many passengers were returning home following the New Year’s Day holiday weekend.

Adding to the traveling hassles for passengers, air travelers from Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and nine other countries will face full-body pat downs before boarding under new TSA security screening procedures that took effect on Monday.

Try to imagine all the trouble and expense the terrorists have cost the airline industry and our country in the last twenty five years.

We have let them win.


Here’s an update from the Associated Press:

TSA reassigns officer in Newark airport breach

By David Porter, Associated Press Writer

January 4, 2010

NEWARK, N.J. – A security officer assigned to the part of Newark Liberty International Airport where a breach occurred has been reassigned.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis said Monday that the unidentified officer has been reassigned to non-screening functions during the investigation…

And yet Janet Napolitano still has her job.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Security Breach At Newark Investigated”

  1. RightWinger says:

    Well I can tell you first hand (since I work at Newark) what a nightmare it was this morning just trying to get everything brought up to speed. I was lucky not to have worked last night, but 100’s of people missed their flights when they tried to get the flights out before the flight crews went illegal (daily flying limit). Of course their were delays today due to crew rest, flights from Europe coming back 5-6 hours late today so all those people will have to spend the night in Newark. A lot of agents who would have left by 9-10PM were leaving at 4-5AM this morning. 1000’s of people disrupted, lots of revenue lost for the airline. But hey don’t worry, they relieved the dolt of his duties while they wait to reassign him. The system worked!

    If you have never been to Newark airport Terminal -C-, the exits are a corridor on the side of the regular check in line. It’s about 15 feet across and there is a TSA agent stationed at a desk near the end of the corridor to make sure nobody enters the wrong way. When you walk past the desk when you leave, there is barely enough room for 2 people to walk past it at the same time. The only way an unauthorized person can sneak past the agent at the desk is if the agent at the desk has his head buried elsewhere. Truly pathetic.

    Now coming home from work, listening to WCBS 880 news, they said that TSA said something about not having proper access to the security cameras because they belong to the airline and that if the quality or access was better, then they could have gotten to the bottom of the breach sooner. So now the spin is coming to blame the airline when all one person had to do was stop somebody entering through the exit.

    I guess the AP will have an article out soon on how Barry can’t get any proper vacation time in with all these “minor” distractions.

  2. joeblough says:

    A fish rots from the head down.

  3. proreason says:

    Oh boy!!!

    This is really getting to be a juicy crisis.

    And we can’t let those go to waste.

    Bush really screwed up, didn’t he?

    Thank goodness we have a really smart guy in charge now.

    We’re in good hands.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Couldn’t find the Gomer who went the wrong way so everyone has to pay.
    Sound familiar? (everyone must pay)

  5. Chuckk says:

    Another crime that happend that day is that the screener was reassigned, not fired.

  6. BillK says:

    Well hey, no one died, so I guess “the system worked.”

  7. canary says:

    And to think CAIR has been ranting racism over learning of the approx 500,000 ‘individuals’ on the alert list, when the list is secret. Maybe one of CAIR’s implants saw the list. No telling how many terrorists are implanted in the new HSD when they pick terrorists like Hasan to work for them.

  8. BillK says:

    It gets better – the Obamaphiles at the Associated Press say it’s all OK:

    Man Who Caused Security Breach at N.J. Airport Soon Left, TSA Says

    NEWARK, N.J. — A man who caused a security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport, causing major delays and grounding flights for six hours, left about 20 minutes after he walked the wrong way through a security checkpoint, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday.

    Someone picking up a passenger told an officer guarding the exit that he thought he saw a man enter through the doors Sunday, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said. TSA reviewed surveillance video before sweeping the airport, she said.

    The video confirmed the man had entered through the exit, and officials made passengers leave the terminal and be rescreened.

    The video also showed the man leaving the terminal through another exit about 20 minutes later, Davis said, although it was unclear when authorities learned the man had left.

    “We have to operate under the assumption that he’s still in the sterile area,” Davis said. “We have to ensure that he hadn’t introduced anything to the sterile area.”

    Authorities found nothing suspicious when they searched the terminal after evacuating passengers. They are still trying to determine the man’s identity. …


    I think it’s obvious to even the most incompetent that security is simply being probed at this point, in preparation for… something else.

  9. BillK says:

    (Post moved – Steve, you can delete this…)

  10. Gladius et Scutum says:

    How dare the TSA reassign this agent without a union grievance! More to the point, were it not for Jim DeMint (R. S.C.) the agent would be back at the exit today, or more likely taking a sick day.

    Undoubtedly we’ve all heard that the left’s cry that the TSA cannot be effective without a director that wants to unionize them.

    • proreason says:

      Gladius, you are exactly correct.

      Maybe the agent had already blocked his quota of potential man-made disaster makers for the day.
      Or maybe he was 5 minutes over the sceduled time for his break.
      Or maybe it was a minute or two past quitting time and the replacement hadn’t shown up.
      Or maybe somebody else didn’t lock the door, and there is no rule for such a circumstance.
      Or maybe the agent had sprained a thumb earlier in the day.

      So, this agent certainly deserves a union hearing.

      So what if flight operations were disrupted on the East Coast for 6 hours. The important thing is….the agent must be granted his rights as a union worker, and 100% according to the union contract.

  11. Chuckk says:

    I thought the airports would not be secure until the feds took over security from the airlines. Didn’t I hear that 100 times a day after 9/11?

  12. Tater Salad says:



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