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Photo: Newark Airport Security Breach Hell


This was the scene yesterday at Newark airport (via twitter) after a nitwit crossed the exit lane between the public and secure area:

"Officials took the action after a man was observed walking the wrong way down the exit lane between the secured, or 'sterile,' area and the public area at around 5:20 p.m. The Transportation Security Administration initially responded by stopping screening. But about two and a half hours later, the T.S.A. ordered all passengers on the sterile side to move back to the public side for rescreening. While it was unclear who first alerted authorities to the potential breach, the individual was not an employee of the T.S.A., which is in charge of airport security, said an administration official. People were allowed to begin boarding planes again just under seven hours after screening was first shut down, and the T.S.A. expected all passengers to be rescreened by 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Officials did not locate the man who caused the alert."

Who's winning the war on terror?

"The situation caused significant disruption at the airport. With flights having been grounded after several hours, and planes bound for Newark severely delayed because there were no gates available at the terminal, Continental announced that passengers scheduled to fly into or out of the airport on Sunday and Monday could reschedule trips without penalty. Officials estimated that thousands of people were affected."

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  1. I'm confused by your post. The article you link to is dated Nov. 2001 from the NYTimes, re: Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport. Where's the info about Newark's incident yesterday??? This is not like Towleroad to get it so wrong.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 4, 2010 8:28:57 AM

  2. That's much better...

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 4, 2010 8:39:14 AM

  3. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Next time they tell you to take off your belt and walk through the scanner again, just remember that none of these fascist gorillas are so much as glancing at the "exit only" lane - so confident are they in everyone just following orders and toeing the line.

    Posted by: Donovan | Jan 4, 2010 9:39:05 AM

  4. "the individual was not an employee of the T.S.A" and " Officials did not locate the man who caused the alert."

    How self serving can you get? They don't know who it was, period. Like a TSA employee would admit they caused the seven hour traffic jam taking a short cut to get coffee or a smoke. Or the TSA does know and would be embaressed by admiting it was an employee.

    Identify the individual then tell us he didn't work for the TSA.

    Posted by: bobpa | Jan 4, 2010 10:57:04 AM

  5. Poorly written article. I think that they are saying that the person who reported the breach was not an employee of the TSA. Which makes you wonder where the hell the TSA was during this? Who was the nitwit in charge of monitoring the exit?

    Posted by: seattle mike | Jan 4, 2010 12:20:00 PM

  6. We disrupt our own economy, terrorists win. Go back to the pre-2001 standards of screening and cut this nonsense out now. The TSA is only a dog and pony show. Ask any cargo driver how much security is on the ground at an airport and they'll laugh. You can drive right onto the tarmac if your truck has the right logo. And that's FAR more dangerous than any one person on a plane.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | Jan 4, 2010 12:26:54 PM

  7. Yet more security theater, as if we didn't already know that the lunatics were in charge of the asylum.

    Besides the treacherous delays experienced by tens of thousands of travelers returning home from the holidays, I wonder what the cumulative costs were to the already broke-ass airline industry? At what point should the TSA be required to compensate the airlines for their own stunning incompetence?

    Posted by: BradK | Jan 4, 2010 2:48:45 PM

  8. Well I'm still waiting for a white, eldery woman to attempt terrorism. I mean, they're screening exactly that type of person, so they must have some super-duper secret intel, I suppose. Or a Magic 8 Ball.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 4, 2010 11:35:59 PM

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