A MAN will face court later this month after he was allegedly involved in a security breach at Newcastle Airport on Sunday.
Police allege the Victorian man, 26, was detained by security about 2pm after attempting to board a southbound flight without a ticket.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said it appeared the man was unable to gain a ticket and avoided security checks to reach the ‘‘airside’’ section of the airport.
Airside is the tarmac area of the airport beyond the terminal and security checks.
It is alleged the Footscray man attempted to board a flight on the tarmac.
Port Stephens police arrested the man, charging him with enter air site area/air site security zone without permission.
He was granted conditional bail and will face Raymond Terrace Local Court at a later date.
Newcastle Airport confirmed police were called to investigate a security breach on Sunday.
The passenger apparently told airline staff he had climbed under a fence to reach the tarmac when he was unable to produce his ticket and other documentation to board the flight.
The airline crew immediately contacted airport staff, who called police.
All passengers were taken off the plane and re-screened.
The passengers’ claims of slipping under a fence were disproved when security and police investigators examined CCTV footage.
Records showed flights were delayed about 40 minutes, which compounded storm delays from the severe thunderstorm that rolled across Port Stephens at the same time.
Newcastle Airport’s tarmac is closed if lightning is within five kilometres of the airport.
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