Haisong Jiang, 28, may not want to talk about his particular criminal charge while in the cellblocks waiting arraignment. It turns out that Jiang was the man who went under a security rope at Newark airport to give his girlfriend one last kiss goodbye . . . and sent the entire airport into a security alert that stranded thousands.
Jiang, 28, was arrested by Port Authority police in New Jersey and hit a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500. He is a Chinese doctoral student studying molecular biosciences at Rutgers University. He has been in the U.S. since 2004 and remarkably did not mention the incident to his roommates, who said that he did not view it as a big deal.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg insists the charge is too lenient. At first I supported Lautenberg’s call for a serious charge for the Kiss, but I thought he was talking about Gene Simmons and the 1970s band. It is unclear what would satisfy ticked off passengers and politicians. The man was a love-struck idiot. Do you really think he deserves jail time or a felony charge? What if he promises not to kiss his girlfriend again in any mass transportation setting?
It seems to me that the police got this one just about right in seeking a trespass charge and a fine.
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