JFK Airport security, TSA and Ratheon, the makers of the security system, all had an EPIC FAIL yesterday! Security experts were shocked Monday by the case of a man who swam ashore in a bathing suit, scaled a fence and walked dripping wet into Kennedy Airport despite a $100 million system of surveillance cameras and motion detectors. A man on a jetski who became stranded in a bay easily breached the airport’s security system on Sunday by walking undetected across two runways and into a terminal.
Authorities said the trouble began Friday evening when 31-year-old Daniel Casillo’s personal flotation device ran out of fuel in Jamaica Bay. Casillo swam toward the bright lights of Kennedy’s runway 4L, which juts out into the bay, then climbed an 8-foot fence that is part of the airport’s state-of-the-art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, authorities said.
Soaking wet, wearing a bright yellow life jacket, Casillo made his way across two intersecting runways — an estimated distance of nearly two miles — before he was spotted on a terminal ramp by an airline employee, authorities said.
According to the police report, Casillo told an officer: “I needed help!”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees JFK, quickly added police patrols to the airport perimeter and said it is investigating the security breach.