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Daniel Castillo was not booked on a flight yesterday when he arrived on the tarmac at JFK airport in New York City. He had been jet-skiing, but became separated from his friends and stranded in Jamaica Bay. He swam to the closest shore, which happened to be JFK's runway, and climbed an 8 foot high perimeter fence.
Castillo walked across two runways and into terminal 3, then approached an airline worker. The Delta employee immediately called authorities. Apparently, the $100 million dollar perimeter security system failed on all counts, allowing Castillo to enter the property undetected.
A full investigation into both the incident and the security system has been launched by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Representative Peter King of the House Homeland Security Committee was quoted warning "If it had been a coordinated Al Qaeda operation I wouldn't even want to think how bad this could have been." There has been no statement issued yet from Raytheon, the security system's designer, regarding the breach, but they are reviewing all aspects of the system to pin-point the cause of the glitch.
The perimeter system exceeds federal standards for airports, and both Laguardia and Teeterborough are protected by identical systems by Raytheon, yet they are all being re-evaluated due to the possibility of vulnerability. Castillo has been charged with criminal trespass.
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