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Man accused of trespassing at Sky Harbor, deploying plane’s slide

(City of Phoenix Photo)

PHOENIX — A man was charged with trespassing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after allegedly entering a restricted area and deploying a plane’s escape slide early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Zackaria Mohamud Mudasir was accused of entering the secure area of Terminal 2 through a closed jetway at Gate 3, according to an email from Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

While Mudasir was in custody, police learned that the escape slide of a United Airlines aircraft had been deployed, and the suspect admitted to activating it, Thompson said.

Mudasir was booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage and failure to provide a true and lawful name.

Police approached Mudasir after being notified by a passenger at around 2:15 a.m.

He didn’t provide identification or his real name and gave multiple accounts of how he got there, Thompson said.

No details about how Mudasir got into the restricted area were released because the Transportation Security Administration considers it to be sensitive security information.

United Airlines said Wednesday in a statement to KTAR News 92.3 FM that they are aware of the incident and have been working with local authorities.

“We will provide any assistance necessary as this investigation continues,” the statement read.

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