Aviation News

September 22, 2010

Colombian Teen Flies Across South America Without Ticket or Documents

A Colombian boy traveled from Bogota to Santiago, Chile without documents after evading airport security on Saturday night, authorities said on Tuesday.

Daniel Guzman, 15, managed to evade five security controls at the Eldorado airport in Bogota before boarding Avianca flight 097 to Santiago, including immigration services, the airline security, and one of a private security company.

Guzman was not bothered by Colombian authorities and took advantage of distractions to bypass the security checkpoints. Once inside the airplane he found an empty seat and remained quiet for the rest of the flight.

The incident has raised concern on the Eldorado airport’s security. The parents of the minor were enraged after learning that their son landed in Santiago. Video surveillance showed the 15-year-old minor evading security throughout the Colombian airport.

After arriving at the Santiago airport, security officials discovered a 15-year-old Colombian without passport, with only a backpack as luggage. He appeared very nervous while the rest of the passengers were presenting their passports.

He was detained by Chilean police officers and taken into custody for further questioning. Guzman was sent back home in another Avianca flight and arrived in Bogota at noon on Sunday.



About the Author

BNO News





 
 

 

Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part Two)

Why can’t TSA exhibit common sense now and then? If we’re to believe that TSA screeners are well-trained professionals, why can't they handle an occasional judgment call?
by Patrick Smith
0

 
 

Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part One)

In America and much of the world, security enhancements put in place following the catastrophe of September 11th, 2001, have been drastic and of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational and pointless.
by Patrick Smith
 

 

 

Miami Launches its Airport Watch Program

Miami International Airport has a large and active planespotting community and has become the latest airport to employ spotters as an added layer of security.
by Mark Lawrence
0

 
 
A TACA A321 climbs out of JFK.

Avianca-TACA Announce Service From San Salvador to Newark

On Wednesday afternoon, Avianca announced their first route to Newark Liberty International Airport, with service from San Salvador, El Salvador, operated by TACA starting November 8th. The once daily service, operated on an Ai...
by Jason Rabinowitz
 

 
 
Mr. Stephen Lord, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues

Government Accountability Office Releases TSA Oversight Review

On Wednesday morning, The House held a hearing on the challenges the TSA faces in the wake of a Government Accountability Office released the day before. The 38 page report detailing how the TSA could strengthen oversight of al...
by Jason Rabinowitz
0