Newark Airport Security Breach Guy Arrested, Released
January 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The man responsible for the security breach causing massive delays and the stranding of thousands of passengers last Sunday, was arrested, charge with trespassing and released on Saturday. The man responsible for ruining the travel plans of 16,000 people has been identified, as Haison Jiang, 28, of Piscataway, NY. The Airport surveillance video showed Jiang slipping under the security rope, as soon as the TSA officer manning the checkpoint left his post for several minutes. Jiang greeted a woman and walked with her the wrong way in a secure area, without being screened or having permission to travel beyond the checkpoint. When the TSA officer was alerted to a man breaching the security point, the airport was closed and flights delayed for six hours, so that the intruder could be located and passengers re-screened.
The video footage finally obtained by TSA hours later, showed Jiang exiting the airport 20 minutes after he breached security.
The incident occurring just days after the attempted Christmas-day attack on a plane bound for Detroit set passengers and security officials on edge. Complicating matters, TSA officials discovered that their security cameras were not functioning. And it took two-hours for TSA to obtain surveillance footage from Continental airlines, due to a series of incompetent missteps. Officials didn’t have the correct phone number for the airline and didn’t know the procedure for obtaining the footage. Additionally, the TSA cameras needed to be rebooted and officials didn’t request a reboot.
After a six-hour delay, passengers were finally allowed to resume their travel plans, but many missed their flights and were stranded in the airport.
The missteps by the TSA revealed a need for tighter security procedures. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, (D-NJ) was appalled at the poor handling of the breach. “You cannot afford a mistake here anymore than a surgeon in the operating room,” he said. “This system was broken.”
“The message cannot go out to terrorists, people who would do damage to our citizens, that you could take a chance and get in,” said Lautenberg. “This has to be seen as the equivalent of a terrible crime.” “What he did was a terrible injustice to the 16,000 people who were inconvenienced terribly,” he said. “This fellow was responsible for it. As such he has to pay whatever the maximum price is,” added Lautenberg.
TSA acknowledged that the absence of the officer from his post allowed Jiang to breach the secured checkpoint. TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said, “We will use this hard lesson to reinforce the sharp focus and tight discipline at all our stations across the country and ensure we maintain the public trust.”
The Port Authority charged Jiang with defiant trespass, which is a misdemeanor.