It’s not just Flight 253 where regular folks saved the day. Turns out it was somebody picking up a passenger who noticed the security breach at Newark airport last night:
Someone picking up a passenger told an officer guarding the exit that he thought he saw a man enter through the doors Sunday, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said. TSA reviewed surveillance video before sweeping the airport, she said.
The video confirmed the man had entered through the exit, and officials made passengers leave the terminal and be rescreened.
And there was a similar incident in Times Sqaure on New Year’s Eve, during which a white van sat for days until “someone” (not a cop) called 911 to report it:
A suspicious white van in Times Square triggered a scare Wednesday – but what’s really frightening is that the vehicle sat there for two days before drawing attention.
After subway service was shut down, three office buildings were evacuated and an NYPD robot was deployed, it turned out the 1997 white Dodge van contained only knockoff Burberry scarfs.
But cops initially feared it could contain a bomb meant to disrupt New Year’s Eve.
The van had no license plate and its windows were covered from the inside with garbage bags. A placard in the windshield was from a phony police organization.
Yet the van was illegally parked at 42nd St. and Broadway at least since Monday morning. Cops gather at the spot for anti-terror drills, sources said. “Someone should have seen the van,” one source said.
The van first raised concern at 9 a.m. yesterday when someone called 911. Cops deployed a 500-pound high-tech robot that takes pictures and can fire weapons.