Port Authority Police say the man breached JFK security, after the escape of a psychiatric hospital in Virginia.
Authorities at JFK International Airport in New York say that they have a review of their current perimeter security measures after an escapee from a psychiatric hospital and managed to walk on a roadway.
Mark Mogensen, 20, was discovered in the limited space on July 16, still “wet” from swimming across the Jamaica Bay, which lies between the eastern and southern edges of the airport and parts of Queens, according to the New York Daily News.
“I swam across the river, and jumped down from the fence,” Mogensen told the Port Authority police, according to court records.
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Mogensen was gone from the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Va., where he had voluntarily admitted himself on July 14, for the treatment of a mood disorder.
It is currently not clear how Mogensen managed to get himself from Virginia to New York, but the authorities say that he was able to escape from the hospital with an employee of the badge.
He was arrested and accused of criminal trespassing after the incident.
News of the security breach has prompted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees JFK, to investigate.
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“Safety and security continue to be the Port Authority’s highest priority,” the port authority said in a statement. “The recent trespassing incident at the John F. Kennedy International Airport remains under investigation.
“In addition, the current perimeter security at the airport are under review. The port authority makes use of a multi-layered security approach physical security, security technology, police and civilian operations. While the agency exceeds federal standards for airport perimeter security, we continue to look for ways to improve our security posture. We already have a number of improvements to our physical security measures. On the basis of the findings of this research, we will evaluate and possibly implement additional layers of protection at JFK Airport and at our other facilities.”
“We will evaluate and possibly implement additional layers of protection at JFK Airport and at our other facilities,” a representative for the Port Authority confirmed.
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The Daily News reported that the current security system — the Port Authority’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System — would cost more than $100 million dollars.
Paul Nunziato, the president of the port authority Police Benevolent Association, further claimed that the system has failed in the prevention of transgressions in the past.