Witnesses described scenes of panic and “total chaos” as frightened travellers scrambled to flee Terminal C. Images of the scene present some folks standing barefoot exterior the airport after they left their sneakers behind. One man tweeted: “Terminal C evacuated just as I was about to head through TSA.
“Individuals screaming, operating, falling down steps….some folks have been mid check-in and are barefoot exterior. 100% whole chaos.”
Another wrote: “I began sprinting, dropped my luggage at pickup 3”.
A third added: “Everybody began operating in Newark airport, son I ran so quick!”
Another man said he was on board a plane parked on a runway at Newark when the pilot made a worrying announcement.
He explained: “We’re on the airplane, captain simply introduced there’s a safety emergency within the airport and we’re closing the door for safety.”
Another man said his plane had been grounded while the incident was being dealt with.
He said: “We’re on the runway ready to go away . Engines been off for some time as a result of passengers who evacuated from Terminal C have been on the runway behind our aircraft.”
Footage exhibits police vehicles on a runway with crowds of passengers standing close by.
Images taken exterior the airport present a number of police vehicles parked on the entrance to a terminal.
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