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U.S. Airport Terminal Closed Over Security Alert

U.S. authorities temporarily closed a terminal at the Newark, New Jersey, airport in the eastern United States after a man walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of the terminal without apparently undergoing a security check.

Flights from Terminal C were delayed for hours on the evening of January 3 as security officers searched for the man and any dangerous objects in the terminal, and rescreened passengers waiting for their flights.

Officials said the man who apparently evaded the security checkpoint had not been found, but The Associated Press reports that authorities have again allowed planes at the terminal to be boarded by passengers.

The incident occurred shortly after U.S. transport authorities announced tightened screening procedures for passengers taking international flights to the United States, including from 14 countries identified as being of interest to U.S. antiterrorism officials.