Mon, Jan 18, 2010
Passenger Caused Hours Of Delay And Rescreening
American Airlines (AAL) is being
blamed for a security breach on Saturday that led to the evacuation
and rescreening of all passengers in Terminal 8 at JFK. An
arriving passenger went through an airline door that was supposed
to be secure, setting off alarms and prompting the evacuation.
Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, said that AAL was responsible for the door. "It's
their terminal," he said.
Terminal 8 handles all the domestic and international flights at
JSFL for American Airlines.
An AAL spokesman said the cause of the incident "certainly would
have to come from the TSA or Port Authority, since they're the ones
This security breach happened in Terminal 8 around 3:30pm when a
man that had just arrived at JFK on a flight from Orlando went
through a door that was supposed to be secured. The Port Authority
said they identified the man and were searching for him, but he is
not at the airport or in custody.
Passengers evacuating JFK - photo via Twitter/RYANGP
Immediately after the incident, announcements in the terminal
asked passengers to move back through security for
re-screening. Passengers already aboard aircraft were
deplaned and rescreened.
Around 6pm, passengers were being processed back through TSA on
a flight by flight basis. Incoming flights were held on the
tarmac for up to an hour during the incident. AAL and JFK
websites show outbound flights were delayed 2-3 hours.
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