January 18, 2010 / 10:26 AM / 10 years ago

Man arrested in JFK airport security breach

Airline passengers wait to re-enter Terminal 8 at the John F Kennedy International Airport following a security breach that required the evacuation of the terminal in New York January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man has been arrested in connection with a security breach that prompted the evacuation of an American Airlines terminal at JFK International Airport in New York on Saturday, authorities said on Sunday.

Jules Paul Bouloute, 57, a Haitian man and Brooklyn resident, was arrested on charges of criminal trespass after he allegedly went through a door restricted to airport and airline employees after arriving on a flight from Santo Domingo, triggering an alarm.

Terminal 8 was cleared for several hours and thousands of passengers delayed for rescreening after the breach, which happened shortly after 3 p.m. EST, said American Airlines spokesman Charley Wilson

The Transportation Safety Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has jurisdiction over the three major metropolitan area airports, ordered the evacuation. Passengers who had boarded had to get off their planes and go through security again.

A security breach at Newark International Airport on January 3 prompted a shutdown that delayed thousands of passengers at the end of the holiday weekend.

Authorities a week ago arrested the man suspected of setting off the scare, and charged him with defiant trespass.

Security video showed the New Jersey resident slipping into a secure area at the airport to give a woman companion a goodbye kiss.

Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Todd Eastham

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