You can't get a 4 ounce bottle of face wash on a plane in this country, but it seems like it's really not that hard to run out onto the freaking tarmac. Or so discovered one man, who hopped a fence at Newark Airport yesterday and meandered across a couple runways, according to officials.
The NY Post reported that 24-year-old Jersey City resident Siyah Brown was able to bypass a security fence at about 4:20 a.m. yesterday; Brown was apparently fleeing a date with a man nearby after their car ran out of gas and a third man arrived to help them refuel.
The big story, judging by the Post's headline, is that Brown—who was reportedly wearing a women's red pants and a sweater—was "dressed like a woman" during this incident, but what's far more newsworthy is that he was able to scale a security fence equipped with cameras, sensors and barbed wire, making his way across two runways in the airport before an airline worker found him and called the cops.
The airport's $300 million Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) failed to detect him and alert security. "This is an ongoing investigation,” PAPD chief Louie Koumoutsos told the tabloid, noting that Brown was "arrested, checked against the [Joint Terrorism Task Force] and FBI watch list, issued a summons and released". “The PAPD is continuing to review PIDS video and other surveillance methods to determine the circumstances of the incident."
This isn't the first time a PIDS system's failed to detect an intruder; in August 2012, jet-skier Daniel Casillo climbed a security fence at John F. Kennedy airport and was able to make his way all the way to the airport's Terminal 3 without being spotted. The incident sparked debate as to whether or not the security system could be easily breached. "The technology’s not working,” Paul Nunziato, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police union, told CBS News last year. “The system doesn’t work. It might work on some sections but it obviously didn’t work on this section."
The Port Authority has not yet responded to a request for comment on the incident.