Baby security breach closes NJ airport terminal

NEWARK, N.J. - -- Transportation Security Administration officials say a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport was shut down for over an hour after authorities discovered that a baby hadn't been properly screened.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a mother and baby went through a metal detector Friday afternoon when the machine sounded an alarm. The mother handed the child to the father, who had already been screened. The mother was cleared, but the baby wasn't properly screened.

TSA officers searched for the family and notified police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.

A Port Authority spokesman says that it took TSA more than 30 minutes to notify police of the lapse and that Port Authority officers decided to evacuate the terminal.

 

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