TSA Allows Security Breach At JFK Airport

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A TSA security lane was reportedly left open and unattended at the JFK International Airport Monday morning, allowing at least eleven passengers to walk through a security lane without going through the proper screening.

No one was on duty to complete pat downs, secondary screen or to operate the x-ray machine.    A security camera showed the metal detector going off three different times as passengers walked through the area.

The incident was reported to have occurred at Jet Blue’s Terminal 5 shortly after 6:00 a.m. Monday, but was not caught until two hours later, when TSA finally notified the Port Authority Police Department.

TSA first tried to search for the unscreened passengers on their own, sending their own screeners through the terminal to look for them.   After two hours had passed, they notified police, but by that time, none of the passengers could be found.

A police official said, “Port Authority Police attempted at approximately 8 a.m. today to locate 11 individuals who went through an unattended TSA PreCheck checkpoint at approximately 6 a.m. at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5.  Those terminal searches, initiated when a TSA supervisor discovered and alerted Port Authority Police to the lapse, were unsuccessful and it is believed the travelers in question boarded various flights.”

NY Daily News quoted the TSA as saying they were “confident” that there was no threat, and that “once our review is complete, TSA will discipline and retrain the employees as appropriate.”

In another incident at the same airport a year ago, the NY Daily News reported on January 25, 2016 that passengers arriving on an international flight had been allowed to exit with their bags without going through customs.

H/T: NY Daily News

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