At the Kennedy Airport early on Monday morning, eleven passengers waltzed through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint manned by exactly zero TSA agents. Despite surveillance footage of all the travelers, none of them have been found, reports New York Daily News.
Security cameras captured the metal detectors going off three times at Jet Blue’s Terminal 5 and still the passengers kept getting through. The report confirms “no one [was] present to operate the magnetometer, the x-ray machine and do the pat downs and secondary screening.”
TSA didn’t immediately notify the police but instead, sent “lesser trained agents” to search for the passengers who breached security. A source said this action violated “all the protocols” which states law enforcement must be notified immediately. After no luck locating the missing 11, Port Authority cops were called in but still couldn’t locate the passengers.
An official said:
“Port Authority Police attempted at approximately 8 a.m. today to locate 11 individuals who went through an unattended TSA PreCheck checkpoint at approximately 6 a.m. at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 5. Those terminal searches, initiated when a TSA supervisor discovered and alerted Port Authority Police to the lapse, were unsuccessful and it is believed the travelers in question boarded various flights.”
What they do know is that three who set off the metal detector flew to California, but the other eight are unknown.
A source within law enforcement pointed out the obvious: “What you have is 11 people, unscreened, who boarded unknown flights to unknown destinations. This is the failure of the TSA to do its job.”