Sunday, January 20, 2013

Security checkpoint briefly closed at Newark Liberty International (KEWR) after bottle of liquid gets through

NEWARK — A checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport was closed briefly on Sunday morning, after officials discovered that a bottle of liquid had passed through a checkpoint without being properly screened, a Port Authority spokesman said.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. at checkpoint 1 in Terminal C, said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The bottle’s owner was quickly found and the bottle rescreened, Marsico said.

The federal Transportation Security Administration confirmed in a statement that the checkpoint was closed because of “an incomplete screening procedure.”

The liquid which wasn’t identified was something that’s allowed on planes, but the bottle was larger than the 3.4 ounce limit that the TSA has set for passengers, the agency said.

Passengers are allowed to carry certain types of liquids, such as medication and baby formula.

“The passenger was located, brought back to the checkpoint, and screening was completed with negative findings,” the TSA said in a statement. “The passenger was cleared to fly and checkpoint operations resumed at approximately 7:45 a.m.”


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