SAN JOSE — A man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on an airfield at Mineta San Jose International Airport Thursday, an airport spokeswoman said Saturday.
An electrician working on airfield lighting encountered the man at about 1 a.m., according to spokeswoman Vicki Day.
Airport staff members immediately contacted San Jose police and was arrested shortly after.
“All of the protocols were in place and worked just as they were designed to work,” Day said.
The man was identified by police as 38-year-old Jerry Hyde. It’s unclear how he got access to the airfield or what he was doing when he was found. He was arrested on suspicion of entering a restricted area, which is a misdemeanor, police said.
This is hardly the first time San Jose International has been at the center of a significant security breach. In 2014, a 16-year-old boy snuck into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jumbo jet, surviving a five-hour flight from San Jose to Maui in subzero temperatures, at altitudes that reached 38,000 feet. Aviation experts called his survival nothing short of miraculous.
The teenager, Yahya Abdi, of Santa Clara, had run away from home and hopped the airport’s perimeter fence to get to the jet. He later said he did so to get back to his mother in Africa.
In August 2014, serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman slipped past terminal security at the airport and got on an airplane that flew to Los Angeles. And last November, Miguel Zaragoza was detained after he was caught trespassing on the private Atlantic Aviation ramp at the airport, an area not open to the public.
Earlier this year, officials completed a multimillion-dollar San Jose perimeter project, which raised 8,600 feet of fencing at the airport’s north and south ends from 6 feet to 10 feet and even 11 feet in key areas. It also topped the fence with a foot of razor wire, making it harder to penetrate.
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