JFK Security Breach: What happened at the TSA Precheck checkpoint?

Tracy FergusonFeb 24, 2017

Three of the 11 passengers who walked through the security gate set off metal detectors, NBC New York reported.

Of the 11, three set off metal detector alarms.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said that the TSA didn't inform them of the security breach until 8 a.m. Images of the passengers were pulled from security footage and police attempted to find them, but at that point "travelers in question boarded various flights", according to the Port Authority.

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The New York Daily News cites law enforcement sources who say the passengers made it through without being screened around 6 a.m. Monday morning at JetBlue's Terminal 5 after TSA agents left the area unsupervised.

Port Authority police, after being notified two hours after the incident, had surveillance photos of the travelers and flooded the airport, but couldn't find any of the them, the newspaper reported.

All 11 were all allowed to board flights even though neither they nor their carry on bags had been screened.

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TSA expects to screen almost 29,000 passengers on Presidents Day, an 11 percent increase over the same day previous year, said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.

It says all personal carry-on bags received the required screening. "TSA takes this violation of procedures very seriously and is taking immediate action to prevent any further occurrence".

The search of the terminal by police started "when a TSA supervisor discovered and alerted Port Authority Police to the lapse", Port Authority officials added.

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TSA officials say the agency's confident the incident "presents minimal risk to the aviation transportation system" but it's being reviewed.

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