Man Caught Scaling Fence at San Jose International Airport
For the fourth time in less than a year, Mineta San Jose International Airport suffered a security breach after a man got inside the airport's perimeter fence before a guard detained him.
Around 11:50 p.m., an airport security guard spotted Jose Mendoza walking along a ground vehicle road on the side of the runway, according to the Mercury News. The guard "challenged" Mendoza, the report said, before Mendoza ran and tried to scale a section of perimeter fence to the street side.
He was cited on a misdemeanor trespassing charge and released.
"The layers of security are there in order to respond to situations such as this," said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes. "He was detected, deterred and the system worked. He was successfully apprehended right away."
No flights were affected.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Hayward, said trespassing from "nonmalicious individuals" showed that people remain determined to sneak onto airports, said the Mercury News. He said : "Four breaches in one year at San Jose Airport should concern the traveling public.