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Trini arrested after security breach at US airport

Thursday, September 20, 2018
An airbus at the Orlando-Melbourne Airport like the one which the Trini student pilot targeted. Photo by:CNN

A 26-year-old Trinidadian man was arrested by Florida police this morning after he hopped a fence at the Melbourne International Airport and boarded a commercial airplane in a maintenance hangar.

"At 2 am this morning a vehicle approached our terminal and parked curbside with the engine running. A male subject was seen running from the car, jumping the fence running across the apron and boarded an airbus 321 which was not in service at the time," said Lori Booker, a spokesperson for the airport.

The airbus was parked at a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the airport.

An employee spotted the man entering the aircraft and alerted airport police.

"We have also secured the car that he pulled up to the airport in," Booker told reporters at the airport.

She explained that a robot device was used to ensure that nothing dangerous was in the vehicle.

Booker confirmed the man, said to be a student pilot, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and had entered the United States from Canada. It was said that he owned a Florida driver's license.

His identity has not been released.

The Melbourne Police Department and the FBI responded to the incident while the US Anti-Terrorism task force was consulted to ensure it was an isolated incident. He was taken to the Brevard county jail following his arrest.


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