Arrest made in Newark airport security breach

Updated: 2010-01-09 16:09
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WASHINGTON: The man who caused a security breach that prompted a lockdown at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey last weekend was arrested Friday, authorities said.

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The 28-year-old man was arrested at home in Piscataway, New Jersey late Friday, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The man, a graduate student at Rutgers University, was charged with defiant trespass, according to the Port Authority.

Flights out of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport were temporarily halted Sunday night after the man walked through the wrong side of a checkpoint exit, leaving thousands of passengers stranded for hours.

Some passengers already aboard planes were asked to get off and go through security check a second time.

Newark Liberty International Airport, 24 km southwest of New York City, is the fifth busiest international airport in the United States, able to accommodate over 35 million passengers annually.