August 12, 2012

#TSAFAIL: Stranded jet-skier saunters through JFK safeguards. “A stranded jet-skier seeking help effortlessly overcame the Port Authority’s $100 million, supposedly state-of-the-art security system at JFK Airport — walking undetected across two runways and into a terminal, The Post has learned. Motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, or PIDS, were no match for Daniel Casillo, 31, of Howard Beach, who easily breached the system meant to safeguard against terrorists. . . . Dripping wet and in a bright-yellow life jacket, Casillo climbed the perimeter fence, which is eight feet high, and walked across that runway and intersecting Runway 31L — and made it all the way to Terminal 3 without anyone noticing.” He’s been charged with criminal trespass — no, really — while the officials involved should be charged with criminal negligence. But it’s doubtful that anyone will even lose their job over this.

UPDATE: Reader Brian Medcalf says I’m wrong to blame the TSA, which isn’t responsible for airport perimeter security. That’s a fair point, I suppose. But if the perimeter is this insecure, what’s the point of having the TSA gropefest at all?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Shane Nichols writes: “I disagree. Reader Brian Medcalf has missed the point, which is that the TSA is an incredibly expensive farce. The fact that a stranded jet skier was able to access the very assets that TSA is spending billions to protect (runways and terminals) makes that point even more difficult to refute. It may be that TSA is blameless for allowing the man to scale the fence undetected. But that would make it no less appropriate to criticize the TSA for wasting our time and money to play security theater at the front door of the airport, while utterly failing to account for the unguarded back door. Arresting the stranded jet skier is an adolescent attempt to divert blame and attention from TSA’s breathtaking incompetence.” Among others’.