A 26-year-old woman was arrested at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airport after circumventing security and reaching the control tower. When she was found by agents of the Airport Security Police (PSA), she could not explain her presence in a restricted area where unauthorized people cannot circulate.
The episode occurred this Monday at 13.25, when personnel belonging to the Argentine Air Navigation Company detected that on the balcony of the control tower was a woman wandering outside.
They quickly gave notice to the Aeroparque Prevention Guard who detected her, through security cameras, walking in a restricted area. PSA agents intercepted her on the sixth floor of the Parking Sur parking building.
"He entered a restricted area and accessed the emergency staircase next to the tower that can be seen in the video. Security protocols were activated immediately and she was arrested. It did not affect the operation," aeronautical sources explained to Clarín. Images of the young woman visibly disoriented went viral on social networks.
When consulted, the woman did not know how to explain her presence in the place and had inconsistencies in her story so the cause was labeled as "investigation of illicit". Investigates the Federal Criminal and Correctional Court No. 11, by Judge Julián Ercolini.
It is investigated if the young woman is part of the dozens of homeless people who have taken refuge in Aeroparque at night for years.
Two months ago, Clarín was able to confirm from Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 – it has the concession of Aeroparque – that more than 50 people arrive every night to sleep on the floor on cardboard or blankets.
"People live there, it's been going on for years. They are between 50 and 60 people. Closer to 50. As a concession, we don't have the police power to kick anyone out. There is the tacit agreement that if they generate any problems they leave. We take care that nothing interrupts the operation of the airport. It is night when there are no flights and in the morning they leave," they describe.
Another emergency operation
Moments of tension were experienced on February 18 at the Aeroparque, where the PSA had to urgently vacate the boarding and pre-boarding area of domestic flights at noon when it detected that a woman had evaded security controls.
The episode that put the airport on alert happened shortly before 14 p.m. when police personnel detected a suspicious attitude in a passenger who decided to skip one of the checkpoints located in the area prior to entering the sector to board.
As detailed, the agents noticed how the suspect took advantage of the crowd of people who were queuing to check their luggage to avoid going through the arch that detects the presence of prohibited elements on the flight.
In a quick movement, the woman slipped away and headed towards the area where the boarding gates are without making the respective security control.
Given the situation, the PSA began an emergency operation and began the eviction in the place: all the passengers who were in the sector were removed and also proceeded to disembark those who had already boarded the domestic planes to start their trip.
All were located outside the area in question for about an hour while security personnel conducted a thorough search of the place and detected the woman who had committed the offense.
The process lasted just over an hour until it was determined that there was no risk to people or to the air operation and the activity resumed.
The passenger was identified and minutes later was transferred to PSA facilities. For their part, passengers who were able to return to the sector had to go through the controls again.
The alarming situation had its consequences. It is that the total brake of the activities resulted in the delay in the departure of at least 20 flights, and in a long queue that formed outside the boarding sector where the large number of passengers waiting in line to re-enter and those who were added who were going to board their flights on time joined.
Despite the inconveniences, the movement normalized by 15:30 and operations at Aeroparque returned to their usual pace.
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