System manufactured by Raytheon.
12/25/13, "Port Authority’s $300M airport security system fails again," NY Post, Philip Messing
"The Port Authority’s pricy perimeter-protection system failed again
Wednesday when it failed to detect that a man — dressed as woman — had
hopped a fence at Newark Airport and wandered across two runways,
sources told The Post.
Siyah Bryant, 24, of Jersey City, was wearing women’s red pants and a
smart brown sweater as he allegedly walked onto the tarmac at about
4:20 a.m. after tryst in a car near the airport went bad.
Newark’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System should have alerted
officials to Bryant’s presence long before he took his turn on the
runway — but the $300 million-plus system flunked.
“The [PIDS] cameras were operating and he was not detected by the PIDS system,” a source said. Bryant’s misadventure began while he was on “a date” with another man
and their car ran out of gas on the New Jersey Turnpike, sources said.
Bryant “felt uncomfortable” when his pal called a third man to bring them fuel, so he set off on foot, sources said.
He allegedly scaled the security fence and rambled unnoticed across
two runways before trying to enter Terminal C, where he was confronted
by a United Airlines worker, who called cops. He was charged with criminal trespass.
The PIDS system includes cameras that watch the airport’s outer
fence, which is topped with barbed wire and lined with sensors to detect
climbers. The PA could not immediately say why Bryant was not spotted.
The latest failure follows a similar breach at JFK Airport in August
2012, in which a tipsy jet-skier ran out of gas and swam to the airport,
where he vaulted a 6-foot fence and sauntered across two runways
undetected before asking a worker for help.
And it also tainted a qualified success for the PIDS system earlier this week.
At JFK, it helped PA cops nab an intruder who had scaled a fence and went onto an airport roadway. Personnel for PIDS — now operating at JFK, La Guardia, Newark and
Teterboro airports — spotted an emotionally disturbed Wisconsin man
Sunday afternoon after he climbed over a fence near Rockaway Boulevard
and walked between two runways half a mile away, sources said.
Makhonjwa Mashoba, 31, of Milwaukee, was taken into custody, though
even that came after a delay of some 10 minutes, sources said.
PA cops were not immediately told that a camera had picked up
Mashoba’s presence because PIDS personnel wanted to be certain of what
they were looking at, the sources said.
“If this thing really worked, we would have been told about it after
this guy climbed the fence, rather than 10 minutes after he was spotted
on the camera,” a police source explained.
Mashoba had been reported missing by his family on Dec. 1 and wouldn’t explain to cops why he was on the airport grounds. “Take me to your leader,” he allegedly replied in a robotic voice.
Mashoba then grew combative, and NYPD Emergency Service Unit cops needed to subdue him.
When detectives quizzed him about his motives, he allegedly replied: “Access denied.” He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and faces trespassing charges.
“This is the first time the system came close to working as
advertised,” said Paul Nunziato, the president of the PA police union.
The PA has repeatedly declined to provide details on how much it has
paid manufacturer Raytheon for the system, but insiders put the tab at
well over $300 million."