False Alarm Triggers Panic At Newark Airport

Sean Adams
September 03, 2019 - 9:34 am

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- There was chaos and panic following a false alarm at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.

It was business as usual at the airport's Terminal A by Tuesday morning but on Monday night, there was a frantic end to Labor Day.

Around 8:30 p.m. an Alaska Airlines attendant was suspicious of two men at Gate 30. She reportedly pulled a fire alarm and screamed "evacuate."

"Everyone just took off in a mad scramble and everybody was running. People were crying, left their luggage," witness Diane Park told CBS2. "As we were running the SWAT team you could see it was a very, very quick response."

It was a mad dash for the exits as counterterrorism units detained the men.

Ultimately there was no threat and it appears to have been a major overreaction.

Police questioned and released the men.

What triggered the attendant to shout evacuate isn't clear.

By 9 p.m. people returned to the terminal to look for their abandoned luggage and proceed with their travels.