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Security breach closes Newark airport checkpoint

Local News, News | Jan 21, 2013

Security breach closes Newark airport checkpoint

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport was briefly shut down after officials discovered that a bottle of liquid had passed through there without being properly screened.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Spokesman Ron Marsico tells The Record the incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday at checkpoint 1 in Terminal C.

Transportation Security Administration officials say the bottle’s owner was quickly found and the bottle was rescreened “with negative results.” The passenger was then cleared to fly, and the checkpoint reopened around 7:45 a.m.

Authorities did not identify what type of liquid was in the bottle but told the newspaper that it was something that’s allowed on planes. However, it was larger than the 3.4 ounce limit that the TSA has set for passengers.