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Newark Airport Checkpoint Shut Down Over Unscreened Liquid

A security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

A security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A security checkpoint was briefly shut down at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday, after officials discovered that a bottle of liquid had passed through without being screened properly.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Spokesman Ron Marsico told The Record the incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday at checkpoint 1 in Terminal C.

Transportation Security Administration officials said the bottle’s owner was quickly found and the bottle was rescreened “with negative results.” The passenger was then cleared to fly, and the checkpoint reopened around 7:45 a.m.

Authorities did not identify what type of liquid was in the bottle but told the newspaper that it was a substance that is, in fact, allowed on planes. But it was larger than the 3.4 ounce limit that the TSA has set for passengers.

The TSA has maintained restrictions on liquids for airplane passengers since 2006, when authorities foiled a plot to blow up at least 10 aircraft traveling between the United Kingdom and North America using liquid explosives.

Liquids were banned from flights altogether immediately following the discovery of the plot. About a month later, the TSA began allowing small amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols – provided that they are placed in 3.4-ounce containers in one zip-top bag – with an allowance of one bag per customer. The restriction is known as the 3-1-1 rule.

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