A woman who was not screened but set off a explosives detection machine at Newark Airport is being blamed for a lockdown  that delayed and cancelled over 100 flights and inconvenienced hundreds of travelers.

The woman made her way to a Cleveland-bound flight that took off before the lockdown went into effect according to WCBS.

She was determined not to be a threat but the TSA is left to investigate how she got past the screening process.

The lockdown was lifted by noon but the incident triggered a day of delays at all the area airports compounded by approaching thunderstorms.


The first incident involved an oversize piece of luggage that was not inspected properly around 6:30AM but was still loaded onto a United flight according to WABC TV. The bag was recovered by TSA and a bomb squad unit by 9:30AM.