Probe into airport security breach

The departure section of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Colonel Oscar Derby said the authority is expecting a full report to be ready and remedies put in place to solve the breach in security at the Norman Manley International Airport recently.

It was reported that a man of unsound mind, armed with stones, barged into the facility on Thursday afternoon wanting to gain access to the terminal building. He was apprehended by security and taken to the medical post and evaluated and then taken to the police station.
Derby told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday that the authority is investigating why the incident happened and looking into what can be done to prevent a similar breach in the future.

“For the person to have got to where he did, it is cause for concern, and we are following up on the airport as to why this was so,” he said.
Derby pointed out that the airports are still secure areas.
“Our airports are quite secure, but you can well understand that no matter how much security you put in, if someone intends to breach, they will do whatever is necessary. We just have to try to keep sharper than them and look on top of them,” Derby argued.
“It is a matter of assessing the situation and seeing what is happening – if people are breaching in any new way – to put measures in place to stop that new way of breach,” he added.

Derby sent a strong warning to the public saying that persons who breached the security at the airports would face strong penalties.
“Breaches of airport security causing disruption to aviation have very stiff penalties. And persons who are minded to do so, whether wilfully or not, will find themselves facing some of the stiffest penalties.”
It is the second such incident occurring in recent months.
Last November, the security at the airport was breached after a man was found wandering on the tarmac after reportedly hiding in a parked commercial plane for several hours.
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