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What happened on Tuesday?
Zackaria Mudasir (39) allegedly walked onto the Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor bypassing all TSA security! It is still unknown how the man went around all the security and made it onto the terminal with no ticket. It is suspected he got through a closed jetway at Gate 3 around 2:15 am on Tuesday. Once he got on the tarmac he somehow managed to trigger the emergency slide of the parked United Airlines aircraft! Sky Harbor is yet to confirm whether there were any passengers in the parked aircraft. The police responded capturing the man at the scene. Zackaria Mudasir couldn’t provide any personal identification at the moment of capture and proceeded to give a fake name. He was taken to Maricopa County Jail where he was charged with trespassing, failure to provide a lawful name and criminal damages. His motives are still unclear.
United Airlines released this statement following the incident:
“We are aware of this issue which happened early on the morning of August 13th at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport involving one of our aircraft and are working closely with local authorities. We will provide any assistance necessary as this investigation continues.”
Previous Sky harbor security breaches
Unfortunately, this is not the first breach of security at the Sky Harbor airport. Between 2004 and 2016 they had more than 20 security breaches. In 2005 an incident occurred where a man ran a truck through the gate and drove alongside planes! And another in 2012 where a woman slammed through the fence onto a busy runway with her two-year-old in the backseat.
Financial threat as well as a huge security concern
Besides the security threat and unease that the incident brought to the citizens, it was a financial burden as well. Just deploying the slide alone set back United Airlines for $40,000. These kinds of threats can lead to planes being held at the airport, delayed and flights that are coming in can be held in the air until the threat is secure. These actions can cost the airline in question and the airport millions of dollars!