Haisong Jiang, 28, was arrested at his home in Piscataway, N.J., about 7:30 p.m. EST Friday, sources told ABC News. He admitted to police for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates Newark Liberty International Airport, that he was the man caught on video breaching airport security Jan 3.
The man sneaked into the secure area after a Transportation Security Administration guard left his post for about one minute, the U.S. network reported.
The video, released by the office of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., shows a couple kissing outside the C-1 checkpoint. After the woman goes through the security check, she holds up a rope, allowing the man to follow her and they walk toward the boarding gates, holding hands.
Continental Airlines cameras captured the video. Airport cameras that should have recorded the breach did not, and they haven't worked properly since Dec. 28, ABC said.
The Newark airport, about 15 miles from Manhattan, handles about 35 million passengers a year, making it one of the nation's busiest.