Charges possible in N.Y. airport breach

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- A Maryland man held after sneaking past airport security in New York and boarding a plane could face terrorism-related charges, officials said Thursday.

Ronald Y. Wong, 30, of Chevy Chase, previously did something similar in Denver, officials said.


Wong's security breaches, including stealing another passenger's boarding pass at New York's Kennedy International Airport, are being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and could lead to new federal charges against him, the New York Post said.

The force, charged with taking action against terrorism, investigates terrorism-related crimes including identity theft. It includes the FBI, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection among other federal agencies.

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"This guy has exposed serious flaws in passenger security in at least two cities," an official told the Post.

Wong breached security in Terminals 2 and 4 of Kennedy International Airport Feb. 24 before boarding Delta Air Lines Flight 127, a complaint filed in a U.S. district court Wednesday stated.

The plane was taxiing to the runway when flight attendants noticed Wong had no seat and all the rows were filled with passengers, Port Authority Police Det. Shawn Russell said.

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When the plane returned to the gate, Wong admitted he stole another passenger's boarding pass from the Delta ticket counter to get through Terminal 2, then bypassed the TSA checkpoint in international Terminal 4 by sliding behind a removable partition, the detective said.

Earlier in the day, Wong also tried to board a Virgin America flight and another Delta flight without a ticket, the New York Daily News reported.

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