The British paper, The Guardian, ran a story on how a man riding a jet ski close to JFK Airport had his jet ski conk out. So, here is what he did.
1. He swam to land.
2. He climbed an 8-foot perimeter fence.
3. He walked past the $100 million motion-sensor system/video cameras.
4. He walked across two runways.
5. He walked into a terminal building.
6. He asked a Delta Airlines employee for help.
He was wearing a bright yellow life jacket.
The Delta Airlines employee called the authorities, who have charged him with criminal trespass.
Some red-faced bureaucrat with the New York Port Authority released this statement. “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. Our goal is to keep the region’s airports safe and secure at all times.”
Could be improved? How about replaced?
The authority added that “immediate action” had been taken to strengthen security following the breach, including “round the clock patrols of the facility’s perimeter and increased patrols by boat of the surrounding waterway”.
And where was the Transportation Security Agency’s small army of terrorist-spotting experts? No one knows. It isn’t saying. Its outlook: “Let the Port Authority take the heat on this one.”
The Annual budget for the TSA is $8 billion.