For the second time in recent months, passengers who got off an international flight at New York City’s JFK airport were allowed to go right from the plane to baggage claim without passing through customs.
This means that their bags went unchecked and passports left unreviewed.
The flight in question arrived from Cancun, Mexico Monday morning and is the second reported case of this happening.
“It’s absolutely absurd,” said one of the passengers. “To think that anyone could be walking off of that plane and just get right into the city. It could be terrorists, El Chapo’s henchmen, anyone.”
The TSA has since been frantically trying to get the passengers back to the airport to pass through customs.
From the New York Daily News:
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.
The security lapse mirrored a similar incident involving another American Airlines flight in November.
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