2016-08-31 / Front Page

LaGuardia Security Breach Irks Passengers

By Liz Goff
A dimwitted passenger set off a security alert at LaGuardia Airport on August 21 when he walked past a security checkpoint before he was screened, a law enforcement source said.

The man was inside LaGuardia’s Terminal B at about 9 p.m. on August 21 when he walked past a security checkpoint and entered an unauthorized section of the terminal, the source said.

Security agents who spotted the man stopped screening passengers and forced him, and others who had been cleared, to exit the area and go through the checkpoint again, the source said.

“There were a number of very, very angry passengers inside Terminal B,” the source said. “They were angry with the passenger, with security personnel and were frustrated by the situation.”

The man told investigators he mistakenly walked through the security area and was unaware that he had breached airport security until he was detained.

The man was not charged in the incident.


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