Broken Camera Added Difficulty To The Search
UPDATE: According to the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, Haisong Jiang, 28, was arrested on Friday evening
charged with defiant trespass in connection with the January 4
breach of security and subsequent evacuation of EWR Terminal
Surveillance footage released by Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
(D-NJ) shows a TSA officer leaving his post in the exit lane after
speaking with Jiang. Moments later, Jiang slips under the
barriers and into the arms of a woman reported to be his
girlfriend. The TSA agent has been placed on administrative
Confusion during the incident was exacerbated by a the fact that
one of the the surveillance video cameras that was supposed to be
monitoring the exit turned out to be broken. It had been
waiting for repair for six days.
Senator Lautenberg released the footage to show the weaknesses
in airport security, even after the Christmas Day bombing
attempt. In a news conference at the airport, he stated
"That's like having a fire truck with a flat in it and nobody
bothers looking at it until the alarm goes off."
Our original story from Jan 4 is below:
Exit Lane Offered Clear Path Into The Terminal
A man caused hours of delays at EWR by walking past security
without being screened on Sunday evening and into the terminal
servicing Continental Airlines. After being unable to
identify or trace the movements of the man, TSA ordered the entire
terminal to be emptied for a security sweep.
The TSA was alerted after a man was seen walking into terminal C
through an exit lane around 5:20pm, bypassing security
screening. It is unclear why there was no TSA presence at the
exit to prevent the man from entering.
Screening was halted while the TSA reviewed surveillance footage
of the incident. Several hours later, all passengers were
ordered to leave the terminal and get rescreened.
TSA spokeswoman Anne Davis said no flights were allowed to leave
from Terminal C Sunday evening. Passengers already onboard
aircraft were deplaned to be included in the rescreening.
As of 10pm, the rescreening still
had not started and Continental was offering to reschedule
reservations going through EWR on Sunday or Monday at no