Watch A Man Sneak Onto Miami’s Airport Tarmac Through a Luggage Conveyor Belt

Nov 7, 2017

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An alarming new video shows a man sneaking onto a luggage conveyor belt and eventually making his way to the tarmac at Miami International Airport (MIA). The video, released to the Miami Herald by an anonymous source shows a man pretending to talk on his cell phone while sneaking past an American Airlines check-in desk to then crawl into the space at the end of the conveyor belt.

Another clip then shows the suspect running away from what appears to be ground crew employees on the tarmac. After a few seconds of chase, the man is tackled to the ground by the workers. The third and final clip shows the suspect being pinned to the ground and arrested by airport police.

The incident occurred on Saturday November 4th around 11am, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police Department told TPG.

An airport’s tarmac is highly secure, and most airport employees can’t even access it. Each US airport has a TSA-approved Airport Security Program.

The source who released the video to the Herald said:

Had there been a plane at that gate, this individual could have entered the plane or had access to the aircraft. This is a very restricted area, only accessible to some with very limited access, and he was able to gain access. Very concerning.

Miami is a hub for American Airlines and the airline’s check-in desk is located in Terminal D. It’s common at airports for check-in desks to be empty once an airline’s operations have ceased for the day or when there is a lull.

American Airlines referred TPG to the Miami-Dade Police Department for details of the case, and told us:

We’d like to commend the quick actions of our colleagues in Miami who helped alleviate this security issue. You will need to contact law enforcement for additional details, as they are currently handling the investigation.

The Miami-Dade Police Department could not release any more information on the case, as the investigation is ongoing. The airport said US Customs and Border Protection is investigating the issue as well.

A spokesman for the airport told us that he was unsure whether there was of any sort of barrier blocking the end of the tunnel that the baggage goes through, which the man was able to use to sneak onto the tarmac.

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