Friend: Suspect meant no harm at Newark airport

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — A friend describes the 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 (Hy-SONG’ ZHANGZ) home on Saturday, Ning Huang said he’s known the 28-year-old Piscataway (pihs-KAT’-uh-way) resident for several years. Huang says Jiang’s “a very good person” who didn’t realize the ramifications of his actions on Sunday.

Jiang has not commented publicly since he was arrested Friday night at his home.

Authorities say he breached security Jan. 3 to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide.

He faces a defiant trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.