A 28-year-old Piscataway, N.J., man faces charges he breached security at Newark Liberty Airport on Sunday, prompting officials to empty a terminal, which delayed flights for upwards of six hours, The Associated Press reported.
The incident caused massive delays as passengers who already passed through security had to be re-screened following the breach.
Officials say the man entered the airport’s secure Terminal C through an exit. The man passed by a security post that a TSA guard left unattended.
Following the breach, an officer working the “exit lane was reassigned to non-screening duties pending TSA’s decision on further disciplinary action,” the TSA said in a statement. “On Tuesday, January 5, the officer was placed on administrative leave.”