Police seek 'unauthorized person' at Los Angeles airport terminal

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Police Continue Searching For 'Unauthorized Person' At Los Angeles Airport

Police searched a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport for a possible "unauthorized person" dressed in a pilot's uniform who was seen trying to board a JetBlue airplane on Thursday, authorities said.

The flight was scheduled to depart for New York early in the morning, but airport police received a call that an unauthorized person was trying to use a jetway bridge to board the aircraft, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said in an email.

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An airline employee reporting the incident said the individual in question was dressed as a pilot, but the employee alerted authorities of a possible unauthorized entry when informed that the plane's flight crew had not yet arrived, airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said.

"The whole thing is a possible unauthorized person," Pedregon said.

He added that the person in question may have been a legitimate airline employee who was simply not authorized to be at that particular location at that time.

The plane was towed from Terminal 3 to be searched, and a police bomb squad took part in the operation, officials said. Police also searched the terminal for the individual who was reported on the jetway, Pedregon said.

Nothing suspicious was found aboard the aircraft, and the plane was later returned to service and rolled back to the terminal, Pedregon said.

JetBlue said in a statement the incident involved its Flight 24. No passengers were aboard the plane at the time, but "out of an abundance of caution" the aircraft and its luggage were put through another security screening, JetBlue said.

"Once the aircraft is cleared, the flight will continue on" to its original destination at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, the JetBlue statement said.

Also see more on the investigation into Ricardo Galvez's death in Los Angeles county:

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MONTEBELLO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:Police investigate a scene off of Washington Blvd on November 19, 2015 in Montebello, California.Ricardo Galvez, a Downey police officer was apparently targeted when he was fatally shot while sitting in his personal vehicle in the station's parking lot, and investigators detained several people and continued searching for others in connection to the deadly incident.(Photo by Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
In this undated photo released the Downey Police Department shows Downey police officer Ricardo Galvez, 29. He was shot to death in the driver's seat of his personal vehicle when two male suspects ran up and opened fire late Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in the parking lot of Downey police headquarters in Downey, Calif. (Downey Police Department via AP)
A K-9 police officer searches a vehicle after suspects drove off from Downey police headquarters into the city of Montebello, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. An officer was shot earlier to death while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Downey police headquarters. Officer Ricardo Galvez was in the driver's seat of his personal vehicle when two male suspects ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. The five-year department veteran died in the car. Galvez was apparently targeted, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Law enforcement officers stand outside an apartment building, after suspects drove off from Downey police headquarters into the city of Montebello, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. An officer was shot earlier to death while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Downey police headquarters. Officer Ricardo Galvez was in the driver's seat of his personal vehicle when two male suspects ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. The five-year department veteran died in the car. Galvez was apparently targeted, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Unidentified police officers react as Los Angeles County Coroner transports the body of Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez in Downey, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Galvez was in plainclothes and sitting in the driver's seat of his personal car when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. Los Angeles County authorities say they've made an arrest and that more could be imminent in the fatal shooting of an officer near his police department headquarters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
An unidentified police officer salutes as Los Angeles County Coroner transports the body of Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez in Downey, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Galvez was in plainclothes and sitting in the driver's seat of his personal car when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. Los Angeles County authorities say they've made an arrest and that more could be imminent in the fatal shooting of an officer near his police department headquarters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Downey police officers and city employees line up to pay their respects as a Los Angeles County Coroner van, far right, transports the body of Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez in Downey, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Galvez was in plainclothes and sitting in the driver's seat of his personal car when two men ran up and opened fire late Wednesday. Los Angeles County authorities say they've made an arrest and that more could be imminent in the fatal shooting of an officer near his police department headquarters. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
MONTEBELLO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:Police investigate a scene off of Washington Blvd on November 19, 2015 in Montebello, California.Ricardo Galvez, a Downey police officer was apparently targeted when he was fatally shot while sitting in his personal vehicle in the station's parking lot, and investigators detained several people and continued searching for others in connection to the deadly incident.(Photo by Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert in Washington; Editing by Steve Gorman and Andrew Hay)

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