NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There was a major security breach at Nashville International Airport after a woman managed to walk through security and board a plane without proper identification.
According to an affidavit, Naja Haynes drove to the airport Thursday, March 24, parked her car, and walked inside the terminal.
Haynes allegedly went through lane four of the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint without being screened then walked to Gate B5.
At the gate, the 24-year-old was able to board a Delta Airlines flight without proper identification, taking a seat in the back of the plane.
Reports say when Haynes was approached by a gate agent for ID, she refused to show identification.
When officers arrived, she allegedly further refused to get off the plane and had to be physically removed from her seat and handcuffed.
The aircraft was then evacuated and cleared by a K-9.
Travelers News 2 spoke with want to know how this happened at a time when airports said they were operating at high alert in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.
“It is very surprising to me. I think that in this day and age, to think something like that could happen, is disturbing, especially with everything that is going on in the world today,” said Maria Franzone.
“I feel like from the beginning to end they are very strict. Every time I go through TSA, they ask me for ID, they pat down my hair, so it’s really weird to me that someone could make it through the whole process and a plane with no questions,” said Jahlesa Taylor.
The TSA regional spokesperson sent News 2 a statement that reads:
“TSA officials at Nashville International Airport immediately initiated an inquiry into the incident. An employee was placed on non-screening duty pending final determination of the inquiry, but has since resigned. TSA is taking this incident seriously and will retrain employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures.”
Haynes is charged for breaching airport and aircraft security and resisting arrest. She is scheduled to appear in court later this week.