False Alarm by Flight Attendant at Newark Airport Leads to Panicked Evacuation of Terminal

By Anna Breuer on 3 September 2019
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DSC_0505The chaos of Labor Day weekend travel was heightened Monday night at Newark Liberty International Airport when an Alaska Airlines employee in Terminal A grew suspicious of two passengers about to board a flight.

After trying to confront the two, the flight attendant triggered a fire alarm at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time, which led to the panicked evacuation of the terminal.

Leaving their baggage and other possessions behind, passengers rushed to evacuate the building, some saying that they had heard shots fired, as police with rifles arrived on the scene.

“I ran with the crowds, hid under some seats, looked for an exit, headed out to the tarmac,” said one passenger, Erin Fors, in a tweet.  “Sounded like gun shots… Terrifying.”

A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said it was unclear as to why the flight attendant tried to question the travelers in the first place.

Alaska Airlines said in a statement that the two passengers were questioned by police and were determined to be “minding their own business.”

The flight attendant was also detained and questioned by police.

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