Passenger Able To Bypass Security, Board Flight
Sometimes, ya just gotta have a
smoke. But it pays to make sure you still have your boarding
Twenty year-old William Contreras Ramos did not heed that advice
when he stepped outside John F. Kennedy International Airport
Tuesday night to have a quick drag. When he realized he was running
late for his flight, he scrambled to the security line -- and
realized he didn't have his boarding pass.
Thinking quickly, Ramos walked through an exit line at Terminal
2 -- and right past a private security guard, reports The
"He was going through the exit lane. That's going the wrong
way," TSA spokesman Norm Brewer said. "As I understand it, he was
challenged and stopped. And then what happened, I do not know."
The guard wasn't able to track down the Puerto Rican citizen --
who made it to his gate, and onto his flight to Albany -- forcing
an evacuation of Terminals 2 and 3 just before 1900 local time.
Chaos apparently reigned after that. As passengers were forced
to exit the terminals to be re-screened, JFK operator Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey called Albany County Sheriff
James Campbell to alert them to watch for Ramos.
Deputies met his flight, and took Ramos into custody. The man
had no weapons on him, though a straight razor was found in his
carry-on luggage. He was detained Wednesday, until FBI officers
could pick him up.
Reassuringly, the TSA states "there is no known nexus to
terrorism at this time."
Calls made by the AP to JFK security operator Aviation
Safeguards, who employed the inattentive guard, were not