Inexperienced traveller skips security before boarding plane

Updated: April 28, 2008 05:03 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An inexperienced traveler, running late for his flight, slid out of the security screening line and boarded a Northwest Airlines flight. Authorities realized what happened, and forced everyone to deplane, re-screen and re-board.

Max Harnisch, the Assistant Federal Security Director at Ford International Airport, said the young man in his early 20s was running late for his flight to Detroit. The airline paged him, and since he had already presented his identification to the checker, he left the line and began running toward the plane.

He made it onto the plane, and the Transportation Security Administration stopped the plane after the doors had closed. Since the man mingled with other passengers, they took the step of rescreening everyone aboard.

The young man was detained and questioned, but was determined not to be a threat. He was allowed to board a later flight for Detroit.

The original flight was delayed about 45 minutes.

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