NJ Airport Trespasser Gets Heavy Fines

NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2) — Remember the Rutgers student who ducked around a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty Airport in January and kissed his girlfriend? Turns out it was a very expensive kiss.

Haisong Jiang was arrested on January 8, days after the security breach that led to a busy terminal being shut down for hours, delaying or canceling about 200 flights around the world.

Jiang pleaded guilty to “defiant trespass” and was fined $3,000 on top of a $500 fine imposed by a Newark judge.

His lawyer, Eric Bruce, defended him as “simply a lovesick man who made a mistake.”

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  1. Luv Me Not says:

    Stupidity do pays! In this case, a heavy fine. Imagine the TSA workers never being able to secure our belongings at these airports, so what do they know about SECURITY? There are tonnes of targets easier to strike than the damn airports, get real. They failed! And we all get punished. An Anti-Terror war is not an excuse for everything.

  2. Gene says:

    All have to look at the bigger picture. In a situation like this, shutting down an airport is pretty much SOP. Security does not know what he was doing. He could have been drawing attention away from something else that was going on. He could have handed something off to someone in the confusion. No one knows. He came from an area where no one is screened to an area where everyone was screened. I think Security acted appropriately.

    Fact is, if everyone were to just follow the rules, in this case not jumping security barriers (irrespective of how dumb or stupid some may think the rule is) this would not be an issue and we would not be discussing it right now. I have been in situations like this where entire airports have been shut down because someone did something like this. My flight was delayed but at the end of the day, I felt safer

    1. Marina Yuri says:

      Just because it is SOP does not mean it is reasonable or effective. That is why rules and regulation are always revised and changed. We are not robots and being forced to behave a such is really irritating to normal people.

  3. Tim says:

    This was a dumb move. Almost as dumb as the TSA worker who thought it warranted shutting down the terminal for hours and delaying all of those flights. lets say there were 200 people waiting for each plane, and each plane was only delayed about 8 hours – that is 200 planes X 200 people X 8 hours = 320,000 hours lost due to an over-reaction that is itself a result of 9/11. So 320,000 hours divided by 24 hours per day gives you 13,333 days lost, or about 36.5 years. 36.5 years of life lost to a kiss because we are so paranoid. The terrorists have won.

    1. Gene says:

      You’re right: the terrorist have won. After 9/11, we were putting Air National Guard fighters up to challenge and if needs be shoot down any civilian airliner that behaved outside of certain parameters. That is when I knew the bad guys have won.

      Pilots on civilian aircraft want to carry guns (I personally would rather they concentrate on driving rather then a shootout with a potential bad guy at 30,000 feet).

      We need cameras every where. We need intelligence budgets raised for surveillance inside the U.S. We need to start watching people more. We need to preempt instead of react.

  4. Gene says:

    He breached security. As a result, the airport was closed for an indeterminate amount of time. Flights leaving Newark, were grounded and not allowed to take off. People missed their connections or meetings or reunions with their families. Flights in the air coming into Newark had to be rerouted to LaGuardia or JFK or Boston or Washington, D.C. People on those flights had to find their way “home” to Newark. Planes on the ground in other countries with a destination of Newark were not allowed to board or take off so people had to spend another night in Johannesburg, South Africa or Frankfurt, Germany or Athens, Greece at their own expense. I am all about love – but in this day and age, when you jump a security barrier and sprint through an airport, it causes far reaching problems. Actually, he is getting off lucky. In a lot of countries, he would have been shot.

  5. Larry says:

    The TSA is crazy. They shut down the whole airport over this?

    1. Marina Yuri says:

      Does this remind you for the SOP from Monsters Inc. cartoon? Hehehe

  6. Paulina says:

    The fine should have been a lot higher to pay for all the security and extra expense to the airport and government.

  7. Mari N. says:

    So by your logic William, if someone puposely breaks the law, they’ve done nothing wrong. That reasoning is a bit flawed.

    1. anton says:

      Mari N. You sound like an libertarian, with your “flawed argument” not really knowing what you are talking about.

      1. Mari N. says:

        Anton, if i were a Libertarian I would be agreeing with William. Get a dictionary dude so you stop making yourself look ignorant and foolish.

  8. I hate Liberals says:

    He ran around a security checkpoint in a busy airport. You can’t be that stupid to think he did nothing wrong? Airport shut down for hours and 200 flights canceled? He should be in jail, $3,000 fine was nothing.

  9. TL says:

    Lame. Maybe an overnight stay in jail is better then $3500 in total fines. Thats our lovely government alright.

  10. William says:

    This was an extremely unfair fine, he did nothing wrong

    1. j bridger says:

      should have thrown him in jail, where he could have found a new kind of lovin”

    2. Gene says:

      He breached security. As a result, the airport was closed for an indeterminate amount of time. Flights leaving Newark, were grounded and not allowed to take off. People missed their connections or meetings or reunions with their families. Flights in the air coming into Newark had to be rerouted to LaGuardia or JFK or Boston or Washington, D.C. People on those flights had to find their way “home” to Newark. Planes on the ground in other countries with a destination of Newark were not allowed to board or take off so people had to spend another night in Johannesburg, South Africa or Frankfurt, Germany or Athens, Greece at their own expense. I am all about love – but in this day and age, when you jump a security barrier and sprint through an airport, it causes far reaching problems. Actually, he is getting off lucky. In a lot of countries, he would have been shot.

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