Checkpoint intruder shuts down Newark Airport terminal | New Jersey News

A man who walked into a secure area triggered a terminal-wide lockdown at Newark Liberty International Airport last night, grounding outgoing planes and forcing several thousands of passengers to wait hours for rescreening, transportation authorities said.

The incident occurred nine days after a failed terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound plane heightened tensions at the nation’s airports and increased security restrictions.

Transportation Security Administration and airline officials said an unidentified man walked through a checkpoint exit around 5:20 p.m.