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3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:23 am

N.Y. authorities probe case of trio who washed ashore


NEW YORK, Aug. 12 — Authorities were investigating the case of three young boaters whose raft washed ashore near John F. Kennedy International Airport over the weekend, breaching security to wander around for a mile near a runway.

THE BOATERS, a 21-year-old man and two 13-year-old boys, became lost on their inflatable fishing raft after a rainstorm Sunday night and floated into Jamaica Bay, authorities said.
“It got rough out there, and the waves started blowing the boat towards the airport,” Joel Phaggoo, one of the lost trio, told WABC-TV.
They anchored off an active runway and wandered on runways and taxiways as planes departed and arrived before they walked to a police garage, where they told authorities they were lost.
The three were questioned and released after police found their boat and their fishing poles along the airport’s 10-mile perimeter, Pasquale Difulco, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, told NBC News affiliate WNBC-TV.


Phaggoo told WABC: “For somebody up to no good, they could have caused a lot of damage, because the planes were taking off and landing maybe about 400 feet from us. ... We got there by accident, but it wouldn’t be hard for somebody who wanted to intentionally be there to get there.”
Security measures were immediately stepped up at the airport after the incident. “The fact they were able to do this is of great concern to us,” Difulco said.
Alan Hicks, another Port Authority spokesman, told The Associated Press that an investigation was examining patrol procedures and supervision.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, said the incident had been overblown. “They were hardly terrorists,” he told reporters at a news conference to unveil a local flood control system.
Security at JFK has become an increasing concern since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when 37 Port Authority police officers died. The department now has the highest number of officers and commanders in its history, Difulco said.
In February, airport officials began enforcing a rule that banned public parking within 300 feet of any terminal buildings. Additional passenger screening and random car searches were also started at Kennedy.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:31 am

Man I hope they brought a camera to take some pics!  Wink/being sarcastic

Very scary stuff though, maybe they will have patrol boats now.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:36 am

What a classic quote from a politician to blow this off- "They were hardly terrorists" -
Not the point Bloomberg!!!!!!! This just proves that if a security breach like this can happen at JFK, then it can happen anywhere, anytime. What is the TSA doing?? I can understand this kind of thing happening, after all, the authorities can't be everywhere, all of the time - BUT, come on, in NYC they should not let this happen.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 6:45 am

You really need full perimeter security fences. It's not like the water is going to deter anyone.

RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 6:51 am

"Speedbird 1, hold short of runway 4L, allow for 3 lost boaters to depart active runway"

I'm glad that it wasn't someone who intended harm on aircraft...... I think JFK lucked out on that one.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:39 am

I just can't believe that no one has ever thought of securing the perimeters of the airport. That's really wierd.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 12:03 pm

yeah that shocks me that there isn't a barbed wire fence by the water area.
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RE: 3 Boaters Wander Onto JFK Runway

Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:18 pm

Well look at one side of MCO. Three sides have fencing and the 4th side has Gators! I think the Gators are a good idea. I don't think anybody is going to go up against a pack of hungry gators
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