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Jamaica: How did the hijacker get on board?

Published:Monday | April 20, 2009 | 5:54 AM

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre has been informed that the hijacker who is from a Montego Bay community had airport passes resembling legitimate access cards.



Last night a top-level airport official reported that camera footage showed that the man was detected from he was inside the airport terminal.



The official says the man threatened personnel in the terminal before proceeding to the aircraft.



But still, he was not restrained because there were no armed security personnel in the terminal.



And the senior official at MBJ Airports Limited says armed security personnel are not usually in the terminal.



According him this is an internationally accepted practice.



It’s reported that as soon as the man boarded the flight he issued orders that he wanted to go to Cuba.



The CanJet chartered flight was scheduled to stop in Cuba before heading to Halifax, Canada.



At the time the hijacker took control, the 169 passengers and five crewmembers aboard were preparing to take off in minutes.



The incident, though isolated has raised serious concerns about airport security.



Last night the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre asked the senior MBJ official whether it was time to reintroduce armed security officials in the terminal.



But he says this should not be considered.



The MBJ Airport official insisted that the incident was isolated and was clearly not a terrorist attack.





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