Fake bomb gets through Ne­wark Air­port se­cu­rity


At Ne­wark Air­port in the US, a fed­eral agent with a fake bomb got through the screen­ings of the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA), show­ing a stun­ning lapse of se­cu­rity. The agent got through the scan­ners with a small fake bomb stuffed in his pants. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports he was cleared all the way into Ter­mi­nal B which is home to Amer­i­can Delta and JetBlue air­lines.

A New York con­gress­man Rep. Peter King is call­ing for ex­ten­sive re­view of se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions at Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port in the wake of a report that said an un­der­cover in­spec­tor con­ceal­ing a mock bomb re­cently slipped past se­cu­rity screen­ings.

The Fe­bru­ary 25 in­ci­dent is the lat­est high-pro­file se­cu­rity lapse to oc­cur at the air­port in re­cent years.

“The fact that 11½ years af­ter 9/11 you’re able to get ex­plo­sives past se­cu­rity onto a plane is ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able; it’s dis­grace­ful,” Rep. Peter King has said. “Over the years, there’s been a num­ber of se­cu­rity breaches at Ne­wark air­port…such as peo­ple be­ing at ar­eas of the air­port where they’re not al­lowed to be.”

One of the hi­jacked planes on 9/11 took off from Ne­wark. King said he wants a full re­view of se­cu­rity at the air­port.

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