|01-09-2010, 06:02 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
TSA gets their man
This is so amusing.
Interstingly, there is a way to totally bypass secuity also at DIA, I forget how, it was something like take the escalator to the upper level, pretty simple.
This was a publicity stunt, nothing more or less.
NEWARK (AP) — The Chinese man believed to have caused a security breach that resulted in major delays last weekend at Newark Liberty Airport when he took advantage of a guard's absence to sneak past a checkpoint and walk arm-in-arm with a woman has been arrested, authorities said.
Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Friday at his home, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. He was questioned at the airport by Port Authority police, who arrested him, and released shortly after midnight.
The Port Authority said in a statement that Jiang will be charged with defiant trespass, and that the charge was determined in coordination with the Essex County prosecutor and federal officials, though it's not a federal charge.
TSA: N.J. airport breach culprit soon departed
AT NEWARK: Video shows guard left post
It was not immediate clear whether Jiang has retained a lawyer.
Jiang is a doctoral student in a joint molecular biosciences program at Rutgers University, one of his roommates said. He said Jiang was born in Jiangxi, China, and has been in the U.S. since 2004.
He said early Saturday that Jiang wouldn't be returning to the house.
"He has found a place to find a rest," said the rooommate, who would only identify himself as Hui.
He said Jiang took his girlfriend to the airport Sunday. He said she is a recent Rutgers graduate who lives in Los Angeles and was visiting for the holidays.
He said Jiang hadn't mentioned anything to his roommates about what happened at the airport and they were surprised when he was arrested. He said he felt Jiang didn't think what he had done was a serious matter.
Hui said the roommates were aware of the video of the security breach but didn't pay much attention.
Jiang lives in two-story home on a residential street of tidy, single-family homes near the Rutgers campus in Piscataway. His roommate said Chinese graduate students at Rutgers lived in the house.
"From every indication I've seen, everybody in there is good people," said Gene Wells, who lives next door to Jiang. "I've never had a problem with them."
Hui said he arrived home about 7 p.m. and two officers were waiting outside. He called Jiang, who was at the gym, and told him the officers were waiting. Jiang returned home, spoke to the officers and was arrested.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who was briefed on the arrest, said authorities found Jiang with "sheer, hard police work" of sifting through records and following leads. But he expressed anger that Jiang faces a charge he described as a "slap on the wrist" and will only be given a fine of about $500.
"This was a terrible deed in its outcome — it wasn't some prank that didn't do any harm — it did a lot of harm because it sent out an alert that people can get away with something like this," said Lautenberg.
Lautenberg had pressed for surveillance video of the security breach to be publicly released. He said he believes Newark airport is safe but will pursue airport security issues in upcoming Congressional hearings.
The breach led the Transportation Security Administration to shut down one of Newark Liberty International's three terminals for six hours Sunday, stranding thousands of passengers and contributing to long delays.
On a surveillance video released Thursday by the TSA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the security guard is seen sitting at a security podium in an exit lane as passengers stream past on their way out of the terminal.
A man wearing a light-colored jacket stands inside a rope barrier, and the guard approaches the man, apparently telling him to move behind the rope.
Within a minute, the guard leaves the podium again and disappears into the crowd. A woman in a long white coat approaches the podium from inside the terminal; the man sees her and ducks under the security rope, and the two walk past, arm in arm.
The man was seen on a separate surveillance camera leaving the terminal about 20 minutes later, according to the TSA.
A bystander waiting for an arriving passenger noticed the breach and told the guard. TSA officials then discovered that surveillance cameras at the security checkpoint had not recorded the breach and were forced to consult backup security cameras operated by Continental Airlines.
The TSA wouldn't comment on Jiang's arrest except to say it's supportive of the Port Authority's efforts that led to the arrest. Continental spokeswoman Susannah Thurston said Friday night that the airline had no comment on Jiang's arrest.
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|01-09-2010, 09:16 AM||#2|
lets go partner
Join Date: Oct 2004
Wow they really made up for that goof up ( rolls eyes twice) we can all rest at ease now it's all smooth sailing from here out.
|01-10-2010, 02:55 PM||#4|
Join Date: May 2006
Hey if the TSA is so horrible at security and Americans are so worried. How bout we get a national security act passed to authorize a troop increase and put them at Air ports? Understand I am being a smart ass first and am in no way serious but think about it for a moment and realize that if you truely want no BS tight security in an anti-terrorism mission at our ports of entry than the military can do this right. It would however alarm our citizenry and foriegn visitors. It would be expensive and if you think security check-in lines are long now...
I do remember when we had national guard soldiers and my fellow Airmen at air ports in thier limited roll right after 911. They were more of a deterent and didn't do as much as the at the time fledging TSA. I remember with great clarity being at LAX in Nov 01 and seeing a pockmarked PFC standing beside a far more intimidating airport policeman. The trooper carried an M16 with it's magazine no kidding here; jammed in backward (those of you who have operated a 16 or M4 know this is no easy feat) so the kid had to have forgotten absolutely everything he learned about being a rifleman and panicked perhaps thinking "I know this goes in here somehow". But a lack of direction and real mission likely caused this as much as his own ineptness since he was really not doing much more than standing around at a checkpoint looking as tough as he could in his new black beret.
A couple of years later during a national terror alert Red period they seemed to get better. Anti-aircraft guns and missile batteries at some air ports and APC's outside repleat with squads of armed soldiers who did look quite intimidating.
The point of all this is either we trust the TSA to get thier s*** together and learn from this and other incidents(underpants bomber) or go full tilt and over commit money, manpower and military hardware. You will never stop everything and everyone, but we have gone 9 years now without a highjacked plane, bombed terminal or even so much as a single dead air tarveler at the hands of a terrorist (act). Could TSA do better? yes but thier track record from where I stand is pretty good
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|01-10-2010, 03:00 PM||#5|
A new beginning!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Watermock - RIP
There is absolutely no easy way to bypass security at DIA. Not saying it can't be done but its not as simple as going up an escalator.
|01-10-2010, 03:01 PM||#6|
lets go partner
Join Date: Oct 2004