$300M Security System Misses Guy Jumping Fence

Men run across runways in Newark, Phoenix incidents

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 26, 2013 12:34 PM CST

(Newser) – Newark Airport has a Perimeter Intrusion Detection System that cost more than $300 million—and didn't make a peep when a cross-dressing man climbed over the airport fence, crossed two runways, and entered Terminal C this morning, the New York Post reports. The man, Siyah Bryant, 24, had been on a date with another man when their car ran out of gas around 4am on the New Jersey Turnpike. When his date called someone for help, Bryant "felt uncomfortable," and fled on foot into the airport. He was found and arrested inside the terminal.

Amazingly, Bryant wasn't the only runway intruder of the night, either. Robert Bump, 49, was arrested last night in Phoenix after hopping an airport fence, running out onto a taxiway, and banging on the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane that had just landed, the AP reports. Luckily for his sake, the pilot was alerted of Bump's approach, and turned off the engines before he got there. Police say Bump showed signs of alcohol and drug use.

A traveler waits for a train to take him from the rental car area to a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, Nov. 27, 2013, in Newark, NJ.
A traveler waits for a train to take him from the rental car area to a terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, Nov. 27, 2013, in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Two planes, top, taxi at Newark Liberty International Airport, Nov. 27, 2013, in Newark, NJ.
Two planes, top, taxi at Newark Liberty International Airport, Nov. 27, 2013, in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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