SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A woman has been placed under arrest following a breach at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) Tuesday night, the fifth breach reported at the airport in the past 12 months.
According to Officer Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department, a woman was spotted walking across the airfield around 5:15 p.m.
A UPS employee reportedly first spotted the woman near the south end of the cargo area. Police told KPIX 5 that the woman may have jumped a fence on the southwest corner of the airport, across the street from Avaya Stadium.
Airport police confronted the woman near a gate. The suspect resisted and was ultimately subdued and arrested on suspicion of trespassing and resisting arrest.
Police said the suspect had no identification and refused to identify herself to officers.
The airport has been the site of high-profile breaches over the past year. Last April, a Santa Clara teen made international headlines after he hopped a fence, stowed away on a wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet and survived a five-hour flight to Maui.
In another incident, 62-year-old Marilyn Hartman was able to sneak past security and boarded a plane to Los Angeles. She was arrested when the plane landed at LAX. Hartman had been previously arrested for attempting to sneak onto flights at San Francisco International Airport.
“Something is happening at San Jose Airport, where the number of breaches there exceeds by a very high number the breaches that we have seen at any airport across the country this past year,” Congressman Eric Swalwell told KPIX 5 Tuesday night.
The congressman has been calling for sensors at airport perimeters for months. “The bottom line is airport officials need to know at the moment of the breach, not minutes later, perhaps even worst case an hour later. Once the individual is on the ground and passengers are exposed,” Swalwell said.