A jet-skier who became stranded in Jamaica Bay easily breached JFK’s security system by walking undetected through two runways and into a terminal.
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 eight-foot-tall perimeter fence and made his way to Terminal 3, according to The New York Post. He approached a Delta Airlines worker, who alerted authorities, the paper said.
The breach raised a host of troubling questions about safety.
” 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.”
Raytheon did not yet return calls for comment.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is investigating. The agency says it has increased patrols on the ground and in the water and plans to meet with the security system’s maker this week.
NBC New York Reports.