Eleven peo­ple walk through se­cu­rity at JFK air­port


Tre­cently re­ported that the of­fi­cial air­craft of the UK Prime Min­is­ter, Theresa May, can be tracked by a mo­bile phone app. quoted ex­perts stat­ing that the as­ton­ish­ing se­cu­rity lapse made Theresa May ‘a fly­ing tar­get’ as she ar­rived in the ter­ror hotspot of Turkey from Wash­ing­ton re­cently. The ex­act lo­ca­tion of the air­craft, dubbed ‘May Force One’ — along with its height, di­rec­tion and speed — was broad­cast on­line as it came in to land in Ankara, the site of re­peated ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Ex­perts called for the transpon­der — the on­board de­vice that broad­casts its lo­ca­tion — to be switched off, as is the case with the US Pres­i­dent’s Air Force One jet. Chris Phillips, the for­mer head of the Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Se­cu­rity Of­fice, said: “This is per­fect in­for­ma­tion for a would-be ter­ror­ist. They should have turned off the tracker on the plane. It is ridicu­lous and ir­re­spon­si­ble that this in­for­ma­tion is pub­licly avail­able. Planes are in the most danger when they are tak­ing off and land­ing. If you know the next in­com­ing plane has the Prime Min­is­ter on­board, you can lie in wait and fire some­thing at it.”

The long-range Royal Air Force (RAF) Voy­ager air­craft was com­man­deered by Down­ing Street last year af­ter be­ing con­verted at a cost of £10 mil­lion for use by se­nior min­is­ters and mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily.

The US Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA) left a se­cu­rity lane unat­tended at JFK’s JetBlue Ter­mi­nal re­cently which saw 11 peo­ple walk­ing through with­out se­cu­rity frisk. How­ever, three of them set off alarms. It took TSA agents about two hours to alert the Port Au­thor­ity Po­lice Depart­ment of the ma­jor breach, and by then, the uniden­ti­fied pas­sen­gers were nowhere to be sighted. The se­cu­rity lapse oc­curred at around 6 a.m., when TSA agents in Ter­mi­nal 5 opened a screen­ing lane with­out im­me­di­ately as­sign­ing agents to staff it, ac­cord­ing to sources. “The screen­ing lane was un­manned, but pas­sen­gers didn’t know, so they started go­ing through it,” a source said. Three trav­ellers set off alarms as they walked through the metal de­tec­tor — but no one stopped them, the sources said.

When the agents re­alised what had hap­pened, they grabbed im­ages of the pas­sen­gers from se­cu­rity footage and scoured the ter­mi­nal for them.

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