A jet-skier who became stranded in Jamaica Bay walked on to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport’s runways and then in to a terminal undetected by the facility’s multi-million dollar anti-terrorist security system.
‘Daniel Castillo of Queens swam to shore and then walked past motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the airport’s state-of–the art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System.
The $100 million system is meant to safeguard against terrorists.’
Castillo climbed an 8 foot tall fence on to the airport grounds and then strolled in to JFK’s terminal 3 where he approached a Delta Airlines worker, who then alerted authorities.
“If it had been a coordinated Al Qaeda operation I wouldn’t even want to think how bad this could’ve been,” said Rep. Peter King, the Long Island Republican who chairs of the House Homeland Security Committee. ” Raytheon is the contractor. Raytheon is trying to determine what went wrong, what didn’t work, but it appears that nothing worked.”
The Port Authority of New York is investigating the incident:
“We have called for an expedited review of the incident and a complete investigation to determine how Raytheon’s perimeter intrusion detection system-which exceeds federal requirements-could be improved,” the Port Authority said in a statement. “Our goal is to keep the region’s airports safe and secure at all times.”
“This has to be corrected. Has to be corrected quickly,” King said. “”Laguardia and Teeterborough have the exact same system.”
Castillo was charged with criminal trespass.