Airport security breaches bill advances in NJ

(AP) - Plans to toughen penalties for those whocause airport security breaches in New Jersey continue to advancein the state Legislature.

The measure, passed Thursday by the Assembly, was spurred by anincident earlier this year in which a lovesick graduate studentfrom China slipped under a rope barrier at Newark LibertyInternational Airport to say goodbye to his girlfriend.

That prompted a security breach which led to worldwide flightdelays and cost airlines millions of dollars.

If the legislation becomes law, it would create the crime ofentering a restricted airport property in violation of federalsecurity requirements.

It also creates two restricted areas in public airports - aholding area for passengers and property that's been screened, andan operational area the public could not enter.

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