>This is hilarious. Look for his roommates comment near the end.
POLICE have arrested the man who allegedly slipped past a distracted TSA guard and into a secured part of Newark Liberty Airport on Sunday, the New York Times reports. The security breach caused a six-hour shutdown of one of Newark’s main terminals, delaying thousands of people. Disruptions continued through Monday morning—mostly because security officials weren’t immediately able to find the trespasser.
What could possibly motivate someone to dash past security and then disappear into the crowd? On Thursday, New York magazine’s Chris Rovzar had figured out what happened. The trespasser thought he was a character in a romantic comedy:
[F]ootage of the encounter showed a couple in a “passionate embrace” before the woman entered the security line. The man, left behind and apparently distraught, tried to chase her shortly afterward and was stopped by a TSA officer. Moments after that, the same TSA officer received a cell-phone call and got distracted, and the man was able to slip by and chase after his girl.
So basically, this whole thing was a scene from a romantic comedy! (We bet all those passengers who were delayed for hours trying to get home are going to get a big laugh out of this.) Except for the part where the TSA officer was distracted by something as simple as a cell-phone call. That’s more like a scene from a terrorism thriller. Where the bad guys end up winning.
The alleged trespasser was arrested last night after a week-long search that involved poring over security tapes and passenger lists. Cops say the trespasser is Haisong Jiang, a 28-year-old post-doctoral student in bio-medicine at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Mr Jiang’s roommate believes he was just “very excited to have a real woman,” according to the New York Post. New York magazine’s Lindsay Robertson hopes that Mr Jiang will “tell the Judge: ‘Your honor, if I am guilty of anything, it’s of being a slave to love.'” Gulliver just hopes that TSA officers will stay off their cell phones while they’re supposed to be working. Is that too much to ask?