Security Breach at JFK Causes Delays

An individual who had been flagged by TSA agents got through security without being properly screened.

By Greg Cergol
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:20 AM EDT
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Security Breach at JFK Causes Delays

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Long lines form at JFK as passengers waited to be re-screened.

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Police are looking for a person who got through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport without being properly screened.

The individual had been flagged by Transportation Security Administration agents for an unknown reason.

A Port Authority spokesman said the TSA asked the passenger to stand aside for a secondary screening, but the passenger walked away.

Authorities are now looking for the person and are re-screening all passengers at Terminal 7. Massive lines built up at the checkpoints as the re-screening began.

It wasn't immediately known where the flagged passenger was headed.

TSA said the incident happened at about 5:20 a.m.

"In an abundance of caution, a decision was made to clear the terminal and re-screen passengers and sweep the area," TSA spokesman Kawika Riley said in a statement. "At approximately 7:30 a.m., the terminal was cleared, and normal checkpoint screening resumed."

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