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Guatemala strengthens airport security after stowaway incident

2021-12-01T22:06:41.431Z

The Guatemalan government announced the reinforcement of security measures at La Aurora International Airport, in the country's capital, after a man violated security, boarded a commercial plane and traveled to Miami, Florida, as a stowaway in the compartment of the landing gear of a commercial airplane this weekend.



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The Guatemalan government announced the reinforcement of security measures at La Aurora International Airport, in the country's capital, after a man violated security, boarded a commercial plane and traveled to Miami, Florida stowaway in the landing gear compartment of a commercial jet this weekend.

The general director of Civil Aeronautics, Francis Argueta, informed at a press conference this Wednesday that they will increase the height of the perimeter fences of the air terminal, install surveillance cameras in blind spots and in the terminal, and place motion sensors.

"We are definitely not going to allow this to happen again. We are going to act, both criminally and civilly, of all acts at the international level, including national, to any person who tries to violate or who violates the security of our La Aurora airport. "Argueta explained.

  • They find a man who hid in the landing gear of a plane bound for Miami from Guatemala

"Be it internal or external, we are going to do the right thing and we are never going to allow this. It is definitely a watershed, airport security was violated and at no time are we denying that this happened, on the contrary, we have to really accept that this happened" .

According to the investigation carried out by the Guatemalan authorities, the stowaway violated one of the airport's perimeter fences during the early hours of Saturday, although it has not been determined exactly how he circumvented the private security guarding the American Airlines plane, which He had arrived in Guatemala on Friday night, and then boarded the aircraft from its central part.

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At the conference, the official indicated that the man who traveled clandestinely had already been identified.

He said he was a Guatemalan citizen, although he did not reveal his identity.

He added that his entry to the plane was recorded in several surveillance cameras, but that they could not share the images with the press because the investigation was still open.

The official also said that since the day of the incident, the country's security entities have worked together with the Aeronautical Directorate to prevent similar events.

He added that Guatemala has the support of the United States, through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to review the incident. .

ICE has the stowaway in custody

This Saturday, a man traveled clandestinely from Guatemala to Miami after hiding in the landing gear compartment of an American Airlines plane, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported to CNN. in English).

The individual, only identified as a 26-year-old man, was evaluated by rescuers at Miami International Airport and taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, CBP added.

The agency told CNN on Wednesday that custody of the subject had been transferred to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE, for its acronym in English).

ICE confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that the individual is in its custody at a detention center in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and that "he will have access to all legal processes available to him under United States law."

Source: cnnespanol

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