Newark Airport Terminal B Evacuated and Passenger Arrested
NEWARK — A major disruption unfolded Thursday night at Newark Liberty International Airport as Terminal B was evacuated when a woman rushed into a secure area of the airport.
Port Authority police ordered everyone out of the terminal around 9:15 p.m. when Shanita Witter, 24, who had just arrived on a flight, rushed to a security gate, according to spokeswoman Lenis Valens.
Witter is a resident of New Jersey but Valens declined to disclose her city.
A search with K9s located Witter an hour later.
She was charged by Port Authority police with provocative trespassing and obstructing transport. Witter was released pending a court date.
Travelers had to be screened again in order to re-enter the terminal which houses many international airlines as well as Delta, Spirit and some United flights.
Earlier Thursday, a United Boeing 777 bound for Brazil with 256 passengers on board returned to Newark when a problem arose with a hydraulic pump.
Video from the plane shows sparks coming out of the bottom of the plane and three pieces of debris falling to the ground near a parking lot.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at email@example.com
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