An Indian national has been arrested also charged in connection with a security breach at LaGuardia Airport here, that drove to the evacuation of a busy terminal at the airport beginning this week.
The man, named as 41-year-old Phani Kumar Varanasi, had entered into a secure area of Terminal B at the airport through a secured exit on May 23. He said to police that he was confused regarding where to go and had walked into the restricted area at the terminal.
His trespassing had created a security scare and led to the evacuation of the busy terminal, a report in the New York Daily News stated.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told Varanasi, who has no criminal record, spent 5 minutes in the “sterile area” before returning to the public space through the same exit.
The report told Varanasi, a general manager at an India-based manufacturing firm, was flying into New York from Detroit when the incident occurred. He was identified by police through surveillance video and a list of passengers aboard the flight.
A video received by the Daily News showed Varanasi walking directly past a TSA security employee at a desk.
The federal agency told appropriate action will be taken upon the employee who did not stop Varanasi from going into a restricted area at the terminal. Varanasi was due in Queens Criminal Court for a hearing on a criminal trespass charge, the report added.
Republican lawmaker, Peter King called for a full investigation and explanation of how Varanasi was able to walk unchecked through a security guard from the airport’s baggage claim to the off-limits area. “We have to be constantly on our guard, and the breach at LaGuardia has to be explained and corrected,” King tweeted.
The report also told that police contacted Varanasi to come in for an interview at LaGuardia and arrested him after he voluntarily appeared.