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Two men make Christmas Day airport breaches in separate incidents in NJ and Arizona

Airport authorities release a video showing a man running onto the tarmac at Phoenix. KPNX reporter Wendy Halloran has the story.

Two men at airports over 2,000 miles apart were arrested on Christmas Day after both breached high-security fences and ran onto the tarmacs in separate incidents in Newark, N.J. and Phoenix, Ariz., authorities said.

In the East Coast incident, a man — reportedly dressed as a woman — dashed across the tarmac on Christmas morning at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to NBC New York.

Later that day on the other side of the country, another man, this time showing signs of alcohol or drug use, ran onto the tarmac at Phoenix Sky International Airport and waved his arms at an arriving plane, NBC affiliate KPNX in Phoenix reported.  

Both men were arrested and charged with trespassing.

It’s unclear how Siyah Bryant, 24, of Jersey City ended up on the tarmac at Newark’s airport around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there is no video of anyone climbing the airport’s surrounding fences, according to NBC New York.

Meanwhile, Arizona authorities said Robert Bump, 49, climbed over a barbed wire fence roughly nine feet high at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, then headed onto the tarmac towards an arriving plane before running away from authorities with his arms outstretched as if he was imitating a plane.

Phoenix Police told KPNX Bump showed signs that he was under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.

Both incidents called into question the security at major airports — although authorities said no one was harmed in either location.

Deb Ostreicher, Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky International, told KPNX that the airport’s security far exceeded federal regulations, which require six feet of fencing, with some sections featuring eight to nine feet of fencing, barricades and barbed wire.  

“If you are willing to scale a fence of that height of barbed wire knowing that you are going to be immediately caught on the other side, that’s not a risk a lot of people are going to want to take,” she said. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.