Man Arrested For Hiding In JetBlue Cockpit


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As reported by Fox News, a New Jersey man (unnamed) was found “hiding” in the cockpit of a JetBlue plane after the plane had landed in NYC’s JFK Airport from the Dominican Republic. There are few details about the man or how he was able to remain on the plane after everyone had deplaned. “According to a statement released by JetBlue, all other passengers had departed the plane.”

Man Arrested For Hiding In JetBlue Cockpit

“Instead of deplaning, the man entered the cockpit where he was found by flight crew at approximately 2 a.m. “sitting by the window” in the cockpit. The stowaway allegedly told crew members that he was hiding from a group of people who were waiting at the airport to “jump him.””

The man was reportedly arrested and charged with trespassing. Unfortunately, this story has very few details, maybe it’s still developing or maybe JetBlue is keeping it quiet. But, it definitely points to the bigger issue of security in my mind.

Bottom Line

Um, this sounds very unusual. Every time I have ever deplaned, the crew stands in front of the cockpit and says goodbye to the passengers. It seems to me that this man must have been hiding on the plane and then when the crew left, he entered the cockpit. Either that or he must have gotten off and then come back onboard. Overall, I am concerned that this person was able to gain access to a cockpit so easily. It makes me wonder how big of a security issue this is and what security measures are in place to avoid this type of scenario. Regardless of whether or not this man had ill intentions, it is definitely something for TSA to look into. Maybe locking the cockpit doors would be a good start? What do you think about this story?

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