Arraignment rescheduled for Piscataway man charged in Newark airport security breach

The arraignment of a Piscataway man accused of breaching a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport resulting in major delays worldwide has been rescheduled for Feb. 9.

Haisong Jiang, 28, is set to appear before Judge Richard Nunes in Newark Municipal Court at 1:30 p.m. on a single charge of defiant trespass. The petty disorderly persons offense carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a fine of $500.

The Rutgers doctoral student was originally due to appear in court on Thursday (Jan. 28).

Authorities said Jiang slipped by a security checkpoint Jan. 3 to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy terminal that led to the snarled flights.

Jiang, who is Chinese, is working on his doctorate in a joint molecular biosciences program at Rutgers, one of his roommates said the morning after his arrest. The roommate said Jiang was born in Jiangxi, China, and has been in the U.S. since 2004.

Jiang has not commented publicly.

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