A Brooklyn man was charged Saturday night in a security breach at a Kennedy Airport terminal that delayed hundreds of travelers.


Jules Paul Bouloute, 57, of Brooklyn, went through a secure door at Terminal 8 around 3:30 p.m. after he got off a flight from Orlando, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Bouloute, who is of Haitian descent, was in Haiti during Tuesday’s earthquake, Coleman told The Associated Press. He took a flight from the Dominican Republic to Orlando, Fla., before taking a flight to New York, AP reported.

Coleman told AP it’s unclear how or when Bouloute got from Haiti to the Dominican Republic.

Authorities tracked Bouloute down around 10 p.m. based on images from a security camera and the passenger manifest, Coleman said.


Bouloute, who faces criminal trespass charges, has not said why he went through the door, Coleman said. Authorities were interviewing him Saturday night.

Dozens of flights were delayed as travelers had to repeat security screening. Three planes waiting to take off were brought back to the terminal and the passengers told to disembark, Coleman said.
 

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Terminal 8 handles domestic and international flights for American Airlines.
 

Security lines began moving again around 6 p.m. and were mostly back to normal by 8 p.m.
 

Rescreening was delayed because airport employees themselves had to be screened again before passengers, a customer service representative said.
 

“Other than going in circles, we haven’t done anything for two hours,” said Greg Spencer, of Michigan, who was traveling to Barcelona with colleagues Mike Fauble, 54, and Reuben Peterson, also of Michigan.


Passengers were told their flights would wait for them and not to push each other on the security line.
 

In addition to American, Air Berlin, Finnair, Jet Airways, Malev Hungarian and Mexicana fly out of the terminal.
 

Ted Washington, 50, an artist in town for an art show and due to head back home to San Diego, said he’d already passed through the security checkpoint, but was on line again.
 

“My flight was due to leave at 5 p.m.,” he said.
 

The incident is the third evacuation in five months at airports in the region. A man was charged last week with breaching security at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Jan. 3. Flights were grounded for hours and passengers were rescreened while air safety officials searched for him.


In August, a terminal at LaGuardia Airport was evacuated after police tackled a disturbed man who was carrying a device that looked like a bomb but turned out to be harmless.