Saturday, December 28, 2013

Transvestite baffles TSA security, gets past fence and onto runway in Newark

This is not about jihad and Islam per se, but it is an indication of the trouble the TSA and airport security have in making travel safe in the US.  If a man in women's red pants and a smart brown sweater can ramble through a security fence and across two active runways before being caught, what chance do we have to actually catch a jihadist in a smart black burqa?

From The New York Post December 25 by Philip Messing

Cross-dressing man caught on Newark runways

The Port Authority’s pricy perimeter-protection system failed again Wednesday when it failed to detect that a man — dressed as woman — had hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways, sources told The Post.

Siyah Bryant, 24, of Jersey City, was wearing women’s red pants and a smart brown sweater as he allegedly walked onto the tarmac at about 4:20 a.m. after tryst in a car near the airport went bad.

Newark’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System should have alerted officials to Bryant’s presence long before he took his turn on the runway — but the $300 million-plus system flunked.

The [PIDS] cameras were operating and he was not detected by the PIDS system,” a source said.

Bryant’s misadventure began while he was on “a date” with another man and their car ran out of gas on the New Jersey Turnpike, sources said.

Bryant “felt uncomfortable” when his pal called a third man to bring them fuel, so he set off on foot, sources said.

He allegedly scaled the security fence and rambled unnoticed across two runways before trying to enter Terminal C, where he was confronted by a United Airlines worker, who called cops.

He was charged with criminal trespass.

The PIDS system includes cameras that watch the airport’s outer fence, which is topped with barbed wire and lined with sensors to detect climbers. It remains unclear why Bryant was not spotted.

Obviously the system is not tweaked to register smart brown sweaters.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” PAPD chief Louie Koumoutsos said. “The PAPD is continuing to review PIDS video and other surveillance methods to determine the circumstances of the incident.”

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