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UPDATE: Airline Employee Hits Panic Alarm That Evacuated Terminal at Newark Airport


According to a statement released by Port Authroititiy Police, at around 8:30 p.m., an Alaskan Airlines employee approached two men at Gate 30 in Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Port Authority Police said the employee became concerned after talking to the two men and hit an alarm and told people to evacuate. The alarm caused approximately 150-200 passengers to self-evacuate ramp side outside Gate 37.

Police say the two men were identified and are being questioned by PAPD.

They were since released and no charges were filed. There is no danger to anyone at the airport and the situation was placed under control.

Passengers who evacuated have since returned to the terminal and are being rescreened before boarding flights.

There was no impact to airport operations according to police.