Smoker bypasses security at JFK, causing lockdown, delays

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A man taking a cigarette break at New York City’s Kennedy Airport was detained and questioned after he bypassed security without being screened.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it happened at Terminal 8 at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo says passenger screening at the terminal was halted for about an hour and a half while authorities investigated the breach.

Pentangelo says the passenger had gone through security and then went out to smoke.

When he returned, he entered through a gate that wasn’t open.

The incident caused delays of up to an hour on all American Airlines flights at the terminal.The airport was temporarily placed on lockdown.

A spokesperson from Port Authority says the man was questioned by authorities but has been released.

All flights that were delayed by the breach have taken off.

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