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Airport security thwarted by Jet Ski guy

John Moe Aug 13, 2012

Here’s the upshot: security at JFK airport in New York was no match for a dude who got stranded on a jet ski. Daniel Casillo, 31, swam to shore near the airport, climbed a fence, and strolled right into the terminal. Wasn’t even trying to be sneaky, just wanted to get some help and hey, there’s the airport. He was kind of drunk, you see.

From the New York Post:

After a night of partying with pals, sinking his jet ski and swimming to shore, Daniel Casillo, 31, of Howard Beach strolled undetected across two runways and into a terminal.
Neither motion sensors nor closed-circuit cameras of the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, or PIDS, detected Casillo, who was only busted when he approached a startled Delta Airlines worker near Gate 10.
Earlier that night, Casillo had been drinking at a Rosedale watering hole with his buds when they decided to go out racing their personal watercraft.
Casillo got separated from his partners as darkness fell, and then his jet ski conked out — so he swam 3 miles to a runway at the airport.

Kennedy Airport’s $100 million security system has been criticized as overpriced and ineffective in the past. Raytheon, which built the system, says its working with the Port Authority of New York to determine what went wrong. I mean, I’m sure they know that one of the things that went wrong was a dude just walking right in, but they’re probably looking for more information.
For his part, Casillo was charged with criminal trespass.

Pretty impressive to swim three miles in those waters even if you are wearing a life jacket.

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