LAX suffers a third scare as man posing as a custodian sneaked through security and onto the airport
Police are looking for a man posing as a guard to sneak through security at Los Angeles International Airport and into the airport before being spotted and fleeing.
Police shared images of the man Monday in hopes of tracking down the infiltrator who sneaked past security in May.
News of the security breach came out just days after a homeless man snuck into an empty American Airlines plane on Sunday.
In June, an unidentified driver crashed his speeding car through a fence and onto the runway.
In May, the suspect had slipped on a guard’s safety jacket to go through security.
The man was seen entering Los Angeles International Airport on May 18, before donning a prison uniform to sneak past security
“The suspect pretended to be a security guard to go through security and then changed clothes before entering the airport,” the LAPD said in a statement.
“When confronted, the suspect fled on foot by climbing an airport fence to escape.”
Investigators described the man as around 25 years old, light-skinned, six feet. tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and eyes, CBS reported.
He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, gray stripes on the arms and the number 84 on the left chest.
He also wore a yellow work vest, blue jeans and black shoes with a white stripe.
Police have not said what the suspect was doing while in the restricted area of the airport, and they have yet to identify a suspected motive.
An American Airlines cleaning crew has arrested the Michael Maine on the plane
On Sunday, Matthew Maine, 31, was arrested and charged with trespassing after crawling under an airport security fence and boarding an empty American Airlines plane before being stopped by a cleaning crew.
Police say the homeless man used a pipe to pry part of the fence around the airport around 4:45 a.m. and gain access to the tarmac.
And in June, a driver crashed his speeding car through a gate, leading police in a chase down two runways as planes landed and took off in LAX.
The driver had the words SOS written on the hood.
The driver was seen crashing past a gate at the airport
The police chased the suspect over two lanes, runway 25R and runway 25L where planes landed and took off
The police were able to stop the vehicle, with SOS written on the hood
The incident was the second this year at LAX
“A determined person will not be deterred and test those measures,” Bryan Del Monte, president of The Aviation Agency, told CBS. “That’s where countermeasures become crucial.”
Del Monte said he believed the various layers of security at the airport were performing as expected.
“The fact that these guys got caught, and that one guy got chased away, and now he’s on the run while the police are looking for him, proves that the system works,”
LAX isn’t the only airport in California to experience recent breaches.
Last Friday, Johnny Hecker, 51, of San Diego allegedly breached terminal security at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and stole a vehicle on the tarmac before abandoning it and running away on foot. CBSLA reported.
The incident had disrupted aircraft traffic at the airport and police were initially unable to locate Hecker before discovering that he had climbed up and was hiding in the ceiling of the terminal above the ticketing area.
Jeff Price, former deputy director of security at Denver International Airport, told CBSLA that despite the breaches, airport security was still effective.
“With the system as it is now, people will be able to enter the airport illegally, but as long as we can catch them, as long as they don’t get to a plane, then the system has worked functionally, one layer might have failed but other layers succeeded, ‘ he said.
It wasn’t the first time airport security had been breached in the US in the past week. Last Friday, Johnny Hecker, 51, (pictured) allegedly breached terminal security at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. He was able to evade the police by hiding in the ceiling of the terminal