Newark Airport Suspect Called Harmless 'Romantic'
He faces trespassing charges and $500 fine after slipping security
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2010 4:50 PM CST
Haisong Jiang, 28, is led away by authorities early Saturday.   (AP Photo/Max Pasion)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – Friends described the Chinese man charged with breaching security at Newark Liberty International Airport as a romantic who just wanted to see his girlfriend off properly. Speaking outside Haisong Jiang's home near Rutgers University, Ning Huang said he's known the 28-year-old for several years and called him "a very good person" who didn't realize the ramifications of his actions last Sunday. Another called him "very romantic."

Jiang is a doctoral student in a joint molecular biosciences program at Rutgers and has been in the US since 2004. His girlfriend was a recent Rutgers graduate who lives in Los Angeles and was visiting for the holidays. "He loves his girlfriend," Huang said. "He just went to say goodbye to her." When Jiang slipped by security, it triggered the shutdown of a busy terminal and snarled flights worldwide. He faces a defiant trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500.