Passengers allowed to pass through JFK security unscreened

Eleven people got through security without being screened Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to an NBC News report.

"What you have is 11 people, unscreened, who boarded unknown flights to unknown destinations", the law enforcement official said.

Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says it happened Monday morning at Terminal 5. A security video reportedly shows a metal detector going off as the people pass through.

TSA officials did not notify the police until two hours after the breach, authorities said. All personal carry-on bags received required screening. The Port Authority then flooded the terminal with their own cops but still couldn't find the passengers.

In a statement, TSA said that "Early reports indicate 3 passengers did not receive required secondary screening after alarming the walk through metal detector", and that it is "reviewing reports of a possible security incident this morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport". The airline did not immediately comment.

"[The] TSA works with a network of security layers both seen and unseen", Melendez said.

It's launched an investigation into the incident and says it will discipline and retrain the employees involved. Stau with abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.

  • Larry Hoffman