Man crosses 2 runways undetected at NY airport

Casillo climbed a perimeter fence and made his way to Terminal 3. He approached a Delta Airlines worker, who alerted authorities.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2012, 09:15 AM IST

New York: A New York City man easily breached Kennedy International Airport`s security system by walking undetected through two runways and into a terminal after becoming stranded on a personal watercraft in a nearby bay.

The New York Post reported that 31-year-old Daniel Casillo 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 USD 100 million system is meant to safeguard against terrorists at one of the country`s busiest airports.

Casillo climbed a perimeter fence and made his way to Terminal 3. He approached a Delta Airlines worker, who alerted authorities.

Casillo was charged with criminal trespass. A man who answered the phone at the home of his girlfriend, Deanna Cowan, said the couple`s lawyer had advised them to stop speaking to the media.

The Port Authority said in a statement Monday that it took immediate action to increase police patrols of the airport`s perimeter.

PTI