Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pearson stowaway hid in aircraft overhead bin - Greater Toronto Airports Authority reviewing security procedures after breach

An attempted stowaway at Toronto's Pearson airport slipped past security and hid inside a COPA Airlines flight, Peel Regional police said Tuesday, after a canine unit found the man in a compartment on the Panamian aircraft.

Police say a suspect managed to sneak past security checkpoints on Monday, prompting a search that lasted several hours. A team of dogs found him inside the plane, which was due to fly to Panama City later that morning.

Transport Canada confirmed in an email that the stowaway was found in an overhead bin on board, but offered no further details.

In a statement, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said the suspect was located at 8:30 a.m. ET

The COPA airplane was "isolated in a remote area of the airport" and a canine team searched the area and found no explosives, the GTAA said.

The GTAA added that it is reviewing its security procedures following the breach, but would not release specific details about Monday's incident.

Trevor Kendall, 33, was arrested and charged with mischief, endangering the safety of an aircraft, break and enter to a plane and obstructing police. He was to appear in a Brampton, Ont., court Tuesday.

Pearson International Airport is Canada's largest and busiest. Last year, 33.4 million passengers travelled through the airport.


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