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Man arrested in airport security breach

By Ed Brock

A Warner Robins man was arrested after he allegedly walked out onto the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and started driving a luggage cart.

Robert Walter Buzzell, 31, has been charged with unlawful interference with security and theft by taking in connection with the incident, according to an Atlanta Police Department report.

Around 5 a.m. Buzzell apparently walked out of a door in a secure part of the airport, got onto the luggage cart and began driving it down a taxiway where airplanes were moving around. Some Delta Air Lines mechanics confronted Buzzell and when he could not produce an employee identification or a pass they took him to the foreman's office where he was later arrested.

Buzzell told one of the employees that an alarm went off when he opened the door but nobody was around.

"That particular door is not wired to the 911 center," Atlanta Police Sgt. John Quigley said.

Quigley could not confirm if Buzzell was a passenger on a flight from the airport but he did say that Buzzell had an itinerary with him at the time of his arrest.

The police department, the Transportation Safety Administration and airport officials will meet in the near future to discuss preventing a recurrence of the security breach, Quigley said.

Buzzell was taken to Clayton County jail.