TSA: Newark International terminal locked down

January 3, 2010

(CNN) — A terminal at the Newark, New Jersey, airport was closed Sunday night after a man walked through the wrong side of a checkpoint exit, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Police are seeking the individual, who walked from the public side to the sterile side, said TSA spokeswoman Anne Davis. No flights were allowed to leave from Terminal C Sunday evening, she said.

Authorities are reviewing video from airport cameras. They are not sure whether the man was once on the sterile side and went back, or if he never went through screening, Davis said.

Other travelers who had reached the sterile area after going through checkpoints are being moved back to the public area to be re-screened, she said.

The incident caused arrival delays and mainly affected Continental Airlines, which is the airport’s largest tenant.

Newark Liberty International Airport, which is located about 15 miles from Manhattan, is the second-largest hub for Continental.

The airport handles roughly 35 million passengers a year.

Video is at CNN.com

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