An American Airlines flight AA1223 from Cancun to New York taxied to a gate at JFK set up for domestic arrivals this past Monday just two months after the same thing happened last time also to a Cancun – New York JFK flight.
Passengers arriving at Kennedy Airport on an international flight were allowed to exit the busy hub without going through Customs — for at least the second time in recent months, the Daily News has learned.
Bumbling airline and security officials let travelers on American Airlines Flight 1223 from Cancun, Mexico, out of the airport on Monday morning without having their passports or bags checked, sources told The News.
…A 34-year-old man who had been in Cancun to attend three Phish concerts .. said he even approached a Transportation Security Administration agent near the exit, but was told he was free to go.
American Airlines has been in touch with passengers to ask them to return to the airport for immigration processing because “it is a Customs requirement that every passenger entering the United States must clear Customs.”
Cue hand wringing about terrorism, even though US officials cleared everyone on the plane for boarding or else they wouldn’t have been issued boarding passes and the plane wouldn’t have been allowed to enter US airspace.
“New York remains the number one target for terrorists and it just made me think of Paris and how easy it would be for them to get in,” he said. “It’s incompetence like this that could lead to another attack.”
A nearly identical incident involving another American Airlines flight from Cancun unfolded in November, just two days after ISIS released a video threatening New York City with a terrorist attack, The News reported.
American Airlines Aircraft at New York JFK
American Airlines Boeing 737 Interior, the Cancun – JFK flight was operated by a 737
Since whatever procedures were going to be put in place after this happened two months ago didn’t stop it from happening again, there’s likely going to be popular support for Customs and Border Patrol to build a giant wall at JFK airport and make American pay for it.
(HT: Point Me to the Plane)