Cross-dresser and drunk jump air­port fences in Newark, Phoenix


On Christ­mas Day, two men, one dressed in woman’s at­tire and an­other to­tally drunk, climbed on to high-se­cu­rity fence at US air­ports, thus creat­ing se­cu­rity in­ci­dents at two sep­a­rate air­ports in Newark, New Jersey, and Phoenix, Ari­zona.

One showed “in­di­ca­tions of pos­si­ble drug and al­co­hol im­pair­ment.” The other was wear­ing woman’s cloth­ing and was not in­ter­ested in any­thing at the air­port – in­stead he was seek­ing safety from some­one who fright­ened him, po­lice said. Both men were charged with tres­pass­ing and re­leased.

Siyah Bryant, 24, al­legedly mounted the bar­rier at Newark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port and it went un­no­ticed for a day. The next day a re­view of se­cu­rity cam­era footage re­vealed his as­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Port Author­ity po­lice. The cross-dressed sus­pect then ran across two run­ways to get to Ter­mi­nal C.

The breach at Newark ex­posed a fail­ure of a $100 mil­lion sys­tem de­signed to pro­tect New York City area air­ports. The Phoenix fence fi­asco was the fifth in a decade at that air­port.

A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said Bryant told de­tec­tives he got spooked while in a car with some­one and tried to get away. The fright was ap­par­ently enough to drive Bryant over two big bar­ri­ers. He al­legedly scaled an eight-foot ex­te­rior fence and then a 10-foot, high-tech fence equipped with mo­tion sen­sors and CCTV cam­eras.

Also on Christ­mas Day, po­lice in Phoenix ar­rested 49-year-old Robert Bump af­ter he al­legedly ran onto the tar­mac at Phoenix Sky Har­bor In­ter­na­tional Air­port, po­lice said. Tower of­fi­cials saw a man climb over a fence and run onto the tar­mac and taxi­way, where he headed for a South­west Air­lines plane. The pilot shut down the plane’s en­gines when told the man was ap­proach­ing. The sus­pect, who ap­peared in­tox­i­cated, struck the plane’s en­gine with his hands be­fore head­ing to­wards the ter­mi­nal, where he was ar­rested.

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