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Man boards plane without ticket, deploys emergency slide at Sky Harbor

PHOENIX — A man is facing multiple charges after police say he accessed a restricted area at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and activated a plane’s emergency slide.

Police said a passenger saw Zackaria Mohamud Mudasir entering the secure area of Terminal 2 from the closed jetway on the airfield at Gate 3 around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The passenger let a police officer know, and the officer went to confront Mudasir. Police said Mudasir did not provide an ID and gave a false name to the officer.

The area where Mudasir was coming from has a sign saying “no trespassing,” and police said Mudasir gave several different accounts of how he got there.

Police took Mudasir into custody, and he admitted to getting on a United Airlines plane and activating an emergency escape slide, according to police.

Mudasir also told police he had no plane ticket and no reason to be at the airport.

The TSA considers details on how Mudasir accessed the restricted area sensitive security information and will not release them.

United Airlines said the slide Mudasir deployed will cost them $40,000.

Mudasir was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage and failure to provide a true and lawful name.

Written by: Bianca Buono KPNX

NBC News

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