Man breaches security, attempts to board plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

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Man Breaches Security, Attempts to Board Plane at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

PHOTO: Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was the scene of a disturbing security breach.

A man has been arrested and now faces multiple charges after forcing his way through security and attempting to board a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early Sunday morning.

The Chicago Tribune reported 21-year-old Malik Steffon Neal injured at least four law enforcement officers after breaching a security checkpoint inside Terminal 3 at the country’s second-busiest airport.

Neal allegedly attacked multiple officers after they prevented him from entering the gate to board a plane.

A pair of Chicago police officers and two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents were injured in the incident, which occurred just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The injured officers and agents were struck in the face and body while attempting to take Neal into custody.

Neal, who was transported to the hospital for an evaluation and is scheduled to appear in court Monday, was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated battery and criminal trespass to state land.

The scary incident came less than two days after 26-year-old Esteban Santiago killed five people and wounded six others in a shooting at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Friday’s tragedy, which occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, has prompted discussions about the future of airport security.