Security stir at airport
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaican authorities Saturday confirmed there had been a breach in security at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) but said that there was no danger to passengers or aircraft.
NMIA communications manager Mark Williams said that a mentally disturbed man, armed with two stones, had barged into the facility late Thursday. “He had two stones and wanted to gain access to the terminal building. He was apprehended by security taken to the medical post and evaluated and then taken to the police station,” Williams said.
He said that while the ticketing hall is now accessible to the general public the un-named man was stopped “at the first security checkpoint where he tried to gain access to the departure lounge.
“My information is that he was tracked on all the security cameras. The security measures that we put in place actually worked and proved that they worked this time around,” Williams added.
The man has been taken to the Bellevue Hospital – an institution for mentally ill persons.
Last November, the security at the airport was breached after a man was found wandering on the tarmac after reportedly hiding in a parked commercial plane for several hours. (CMC)