While Transportation Security Administration agents were inside groping passengers before they could be allowed in secure areas, a man who sank his personal watercraft in a nearby bay after a night of drinking was able to swim to shore and penetrate the multimillion-dollar security system in place at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to reports, Daniel Casillo was racing personal watercraft with friends last Friday when his companions sped away and his vessel began to sink in Jamaica Bay, about three miles from the airport. The man swam toward JFK’s lit runway. Once ashore, Casillo walked without problem through a series of motion sensors and cameras of the airport’s $100 million Perimeter Intrusion Detection System before climbing an 8-foot wall and walking onto the tarmac soaking wet.
After he made it onto the runway, a startled Delta airlines employee spotted Cassillo and called authorities. New York Police Department officers arrested the man and charged him with criminal trespassing.