Security Checkpoint Breach at JFK Followed by TSA Breach of Protocol

By Paul Riegler on 20 February 2017
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IMG_8287 (1)Employees from the Transportation Security Administration opened a security checkpoint at Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday morning but failed to staff it with agents, thereby allowing a total of 11 passengers to traverse it without undergoing a screening.

The incident took place at 6:05 a.m. according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. No TSA agents were present at the checkpoint to operate any of the equipment used for screening passengers and their bags at the time.

The TSA first notified Port Authority police offers some two hours later, after TSA agents had been unable to locate the 11 travelers, a violation of protocol, as the TSA should have notified the police immediately after the breach was discovered.

By 8 a.m., the 11 passengers had presumably all boarded planes for their various destinations and, as a result, the search was “unsuccessful,” a spokesman for the Port Authority said.

The Port Authority Police were, however, able to identify three passengers out of the 11 who left on a flight to California, and they will be screened upon arrival. The department said it is trying to identify and locate the other eight passengers.

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