> Unruly passengers force 2 flights to divert Intoxicated, harassing fliers cause security issues on AirTran, Hawaiian The Associated Press updated 7:23 p.m. CT, Fri., Jan. 8, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Military jets scrambled for a second time this week after a report of a disruptive passenger on a commercial flight.
The Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-16s launched at 11:44 a.m. Friday after reports of an unruly passenger on AirTran Airways Flight 39 from Atlanta to San Francisco.
Stacey Knott of NORAD says the F-16 jets arrived over Colorado Springs Airport as the AirTran pilot landed there around noon, and Colorado Springs police met the plane. She didn't disclose details of what prompted NORAD to scramble the fighters.
> Police arrest man in Newark security breach Chinese student faces $500 fine; senator says punishment should be worse The Associated Press updated 3:07 a.m. CT, Sat., Jan. 9, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. - A man believed to have breached security to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy Newark Airport terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide, was arrested in New Jersey and faces a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500, punishment a senator says should be much harsher.
Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Friday at his home, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. He was questioned at the airport by Port Authority police, who arrested him, and released shortly after midnight.
The Port Authority said in a statement that Jiang will being charged with defiant trespass, and that the charge was determined in coordination with the Essex County prosecutor and federal officials, though it's not a federal charge. A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration referred all questions to the Port Authority.
Jiang is due to appear in Newark municipal court next week, according to Paul Loriquet of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
It was not immediately clear whether Jiang has retained a lawyer.
'Good people' Jiang, who is Chinese, is a doctoral student in a joint molecular biosciences program at Rutgers University, one of his roommates said early Saturday. He said Jiang was born in Jiangxi, China, and has been in the U.S. since 2004.