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Man breaches security at JFK Airport after swimming ashore

February 16. 2013 4:07PM
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NEW YORK -- The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has increased police presence at John F. Kennedy International Airport, including patrols by marine units, after an apparent breach of its $100 million state-of-the-art anti-terrorism security Saturday -- by a man who said he swam ashore after his personal water craft broke down in Jamaica Bay.

A Queens man, identified as Daniel Castillo, 32, was charged with criminal trespass in the incident, according to an official source with knowledge of the incident. The official said it is believed that, after his personal watercraft broke down, Castillo swam ashore, climbed an 8-foot security fence, crossed two runways -- 4R-22L and 4L-22R -- and then entered airport Terminal 3, where an airport worker alerted authorities. The incident was reported at 6:30 p.m., the source said.

The Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, designed by Raytheon, includes the security fencing, motion detectors and closed-circuit surveillance.

A Port Authority spokesman, citing the ongoing investigation, said he could not comment on details of the case.

In a statement released Monday, the Port Authority said: "The Port Authority took immediate action to increase its 24/7 police presence with round the clock patrols of the facility's perimeter and increased patrols by boat of the surrounding waterway. 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."

A Transportation Security Administration official told Newsday that "as with any airport, the airport perimeter security system is the responsibility of that airport and its operator."

The investigationwill be conducted by the Port Authority, the official said.

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