Lautenberg seeks meeting with new security chief at Newark airport

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said Tuesday he wanted to meet with the new security leadership at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Following a spate of security breakdowns at Newark Liberty Airport this year, Lautenberg said in a release he had pressured the TSA and Department of Homeland Security to act urgently to address the airport’s security concerns.

TSA announced earlier Tuesday that effective Wednesday, Donald Drummer will be the new Federal Security Director (FSD) for Newark Liberty International Airport, and William Hall will be the Acting Area Director for the region. 

“There are serious security concerns at Newark Liberty Airport that must be better addressed,” Lautenberg said.  “I look forward to meeting with the new leadership team to express my concerns and urge them to immediately get to work fixing security problems at Newark Airport and regaining the confidence of the flying public.”     

With at least seven significant security breaches at Newark-Liberty since the beginning of the year and a new internal report by TSA managers reportedly showing significant shortcomings, Lautenberg last week called for TSA Administrator John Pistole to personally address the security concerns. 

On Feb. 24th Lautenberg called on the Department of Homeland Security to launch an investigation into security concerns at the airport. 

Lautenberg seeks meeting with new security chief at Newark airport