Dozens of intruders have breached California airport fences

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is hardly the only person to get past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.

An Associated Press investigation found at least 82 incidents in which people reached the airfields of the international airports serving San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose and San Diego between January 2004 and January 2015.

Incidents included fence-jumpers looking to hop flights and intoxicated drivers crashing through perimeter gates. None was deemed terrorism-related.

Nationally, AP found 268 perimeter security breaches at 31 major U.S. airports.

Airports say breaches are relatively rare, though they acknowledge gaps in perimeter security. Not all of the miles of fences are routinely patrolled or covered by video surveillance.

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