Police seek 'unauthorized person' at Los Angeles airport terminal
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.
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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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