Man Dies as Airport Security Doors Keep EMTs Away
Two teams of responders have trouble getting to him
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2013 1:20 PM CDT
This May 24, 2013, file photo shows the empty Delta airlines terminal 3 at JFK airport in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – Emergency responders trying to get to a man inside Kennedy Airport's Delta terminal were twice thwarted at the security doors, and the New Jersey man ended up dying after a heart attack Saturday. Gunseye Adekunle, 50, was waiting to board a flight to Nigeria when he collapsed inside the newly renovated terminal, the New York Post reports. A Port Authority ambulance responded, but the officer's security card wouldn't get them through the secure doors, and they were delayed two minutes before using another route to get inside.

Because that team included only EMTs, an FDNY crew of paramedics was also en route—but they, too, were denied access when the police officer escorting them found his security card didn't work. He made two attempts at one entry point, and a third attempt at another, but failed each time, a source says. Adekunle was finally brought down to the FDNY ambulance and taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead. "You had all the assets needed to keep this guy alive, but they never really had the chance to help him," says a law enforcement source.

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Jul 19, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
This Keystone Cop Security we have to endure was caused by terrorist muslims. I say we give all the muslims 30 days to get out of this country, and then put a bounty on any left.
Jul 19, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
The article mentioned recent renovations. It appears those renovations may have messed with the security system. Drills after renovations have been completed will probably become standard procedure. My condolensces to the Adekunle family.
Jul 19, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
Thank you, Janet, for your wonderful policies. If scanners don't kill us, emergency vehicles will. Now you can begin work on mucking up the University of California.