NBC New York
January 16, 2010

[efoods]A security breach at John F. Kennedy Airport has forced an evacuation of an American Airlines terminal and all passengers in the area have to exit and be re-screened, the Port Authority confirmed.

A person went into a secure area without being properly screened at about 4 p.m., said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority. All travelers in Terminal 8 were forced to leave the area and be re-screened, according to Coleman.

A spokesman for American Airlines said authorities are temporarily keeping everything at a standstill and that the security breach occured at an employee entrance. The spokesman said no flights will be departing or landing until the Transportation Security Administration and the Port Authority complete their investigation.

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