Haitian Traveler Causes JFK Security Breach
January 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Another security breach occurred at a New York area airport on Saturday, when a man of Haitian descent opened a restricted door setting off alarms throughout the terminal. The Haitian traveler’s breach delayed dozens of flights, as the airport was searched for the intruder. The passengers then had to go through additional screening, before they could board their flights.
The man was identified as Jules Paul Bouloute, who is from Haiti but lives in Brooklyn, NY. He was in Haiti during the earthquake and then traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he managed to catch an outgoing flight to Orlando, Fla.,where he then boarded a flight for New York. Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that it wasn’t clear where Boulette was staying when the quake hit or when or how he made it to the Dominican Republic.
The TSA released a statement describing the JFK breach:
“At approximately 3:30 pm EST at John F. Kennedy International Airport, an individual entered the sterile area in Terminal 8 through a non-public, employee door used by airlines. TSA is working closely with the Port Authority to find the individual. The terminal is being evacuated in order to rescreen all passengers to ensure the safety of the traveling public.”
A similar breach recently occurred at Newark Liberty International Airport, causing six-hours of delays and headaches for travelers, when a man slipped through a secure area to kiss his girlfriend, after a security officer left his post. The incident exposed deficiencies in TSA operations when the video surveillance tapes were found not to be working.