Man Arrested After Trying to Bypass Security Checkpoint at Sky Harbor

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man was arrested after allegedly trying to bypass a security checkpoint at Sky Harbor International Airport, authorities said.

Jeffery Scott Mansfield, 21, was booked into jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct Monday, according to police.

Airport officials said Mansfield tried to avoid the security line and access the Terminal 3 area by going through an exit Monday afternoon.

Mansfield ignored employees commands to stop and was tackled by police officers in the terminal's concourse area, said Detective Tony Morales, a police department spokesman.

Airport officials said the incident forced the closure of Terminal 3's north checkpoint for about 10 minutes but caused no flights to be delayed.

It was the third security incident at Sky Harbor in 11 days.

A man was arrested June 30 after the stolen vehicle he was driving plowed through a perimeter fence at the airport and drove on to a taxiway, speeding past several fully loaded planes in the process.

Early last Friday, three Phoenix police officers were wounded in a gunbattle following a stolen-car chase near Terminal 4. The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.