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Kayakers Breach JFK Airport In Latest NYC Security Lapse

Kayakers Breach JFK Airport In Latest NYC Security Lapse

Two kayakers say they nearly died, but now they've been cited for trespassing.

WCBS: "We were almost drowning - we couldn't hold on to the boat."
"They told us, 'you guys might be in trouble now.'"

The pair of 21-year-old kayakers are telling New York City media their vessel flipped in Jamaica Bay early Saturday morning. They were able to grab onto a pier and get to safety - problem is that pier is property of JFK International Airport.

News 12 Long Island reports "The surveillance cameras and motion detectors at the airport never detected the men."

And that has media saying....

"It's yet another security breach at JFK."

In 2012 - a different waterway breach that made headlines.

As ABC reported, a man who had problems with his jet ski swam to shore, scaled a fence, crossed runways and walked into a terminal to get help.

"We have deficiences and they have to be addressed."

That man went undetected by a security system valued at at least $100 million.

Now again, two years later - the same snarky headlines.

It's a system that even those using it don't believe in. A spokesperson for the Port Authority's police union told the New York Post...

"Once again a perimeter security breach at JFK Airport raises serious concerns about the Port Authority's Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, a system the PAPBA believes is a failure."

Though the Port Authority itself has a different story, telling CBS...

"The kayakers did not breach the secure airfield. They were seeking help in a restricted water area and at a light pier."

But all this comes not long after other seemingly scary security breaches in New York City. Just days ago, CNN reported American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced with white ones. The incident is under investigation.

And as New York Daily News reported in September, a group of men base-jumped off the Freedom Tower.

The kayakers were not actually arrested, but were cited. They were also treated for hypothermia.

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billcdaly July 28 2014 at 11:22 AM

Chances are that this is another case of union workers asleep on the job and then blaming the video equipment.

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leslie July 28 2014 at 11:42 AM

Yea, but they did frisk all the grandmas and checked their underware before letting them on the air planes

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Erbie's July 28 2014 at 11:11 AM

Did JFK have a big sign up there said you can't save yourself here because this is an air port? I am amazed at all the barbed wire fences so to speak around even small private air ports, when I got my license I use to go to the air port just to look at the planes, went to resturants on the air port with planes all around them, just walk outside and look, no more, due to Islam and Allah.

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posthuf Erbie's July 28 2014 at 12:04 PM

The fanatics holding on to their guns and religion obama refers to??

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jcbstz Erbie's July 28 2014 at 1:17 PM

post, did you practice being this dumb OR , as a liberal, does it just come easily???

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balaland July 28 2014 at 11:13 AM

If someone wants in , they can get in... Same with our Borders....

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balaland July 28 2014 at 11:16 AM

Breaches at our airports our borders, it's what you do with them that counts.....

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posthuf July 28 2014 at 12:02 PM

Well, at least after all the threats and abuse somebody had the common decency to treat these guys like human beings!

Law enforcement has become more and more like gestapo since the EPA then the TSA were stood up by the U.S. government.

Our nation and our world would be so much better off without either!

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GB July 28 2014 at 2:57 PM

The most expensive military in the world. Tons of surveillance. They're monitoring every phone call, every web page, every transaction and still, a kid can breeze right past them and take a flag or carry in a pressure cooker and even jump from one of the most 'secure' buildings in N.Y. A man can get on a jetliner with a gun, tons of people can walk right across our border, while a boyscout has a gun pointed at him for taking a photo of a border guard. Somehow, I don't feel very secure.

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sharpsguy July 28 2014 at 11:49 AM

If anyone thinks THESE two stories are scary, just wait until our government ships a few thousand immigrant "CHILDREN" to NYC! Of course, they're just little "kids," right? What threat could THEY possibly pose?

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coopdabomb sharpsguy July 28 2014 at 5:43 PM

If they are not there now I would be very suprised. You will not know about it unless it leaks out.

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Jeremy sharpsguy July 29 2014 at 4:53 AM

and where were you when that most liberal and stupidest NYC mayor of all time made it so easy that welfare was handed out like candy in the 60's? Remember how all those minorities came in droves?

Youre worried about a few thousand immigrant "children"?

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ramonbatt July 28 2014 at 1:56 PM

FYI" airports use subcontractors who bid the lowest for the job. Just like airlines also sub all the services to the lowest bid. America at best!

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KC Clark ramonbatt July 28 2014 at 3:59 PM

subs for what????? not security

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o2bncapecod July 28 2014 at 3:59 PM

At the least, they should be ashamed to claim an honor and title of Homeland Security ....really? If this is further examples of how they'd protect my property, never mind my country, I wouldn't hire them.

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