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JFK security breach allows 11 passengers on flights without screening: Officials

Posted at 4:35 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 22:54:47-05

NEW YORK — Eleven people were able to board planes at JFK Airport without going through security checkpoints Monday morning, Port Authority officials confirmed.

The breach happened around 6 a.m., at Jet Blue's Terminal 5 when the screening lane was left unmanned.

According to the New York Daily News, the metal detector went off three times as the travelers walked moved through the area.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration did not alert Port Authority police until two hours after the breach.

Police were able to identify three people who got on a flight to California. They will be screened once they arrive.

Federal authorities are working with Port Authority police to identify the eight other passengers.