Man arrested, accused of trespassing at Phoenix airport, triggering plane emergency slide

PHOENIX — Authorities have arrested a man accused of criminal trespassing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Phoenix police say 39-year-old Zackaria Mohamud Mudasir also has been booked into jail on suspicion of criminal damage and failure to provide a true and lawful name.

They say Mudasir was seen entering the secure area of Terminal 2 from the closed jetway on the airfield at Gate 3 around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say Zackaria failed to produce identification and provided a false name to an officer.

They say he gave several differing accounts of how he got into an area that has “no trespassing” signs.

While in police custody, it was discovered that an emergency escape slide on a United Airlines aircraft had been deployed.

Police say Zackaria admitted to activating the slide.

Phoenix police say they have arrested a man for sneaking onto the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport and triggering the escape slide on a plane. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP)

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