(CMR) A man has been arrested today after successfully breaching all security check points at the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA).
Exclusive Cayman Marl Road sources indicate that the unnamed individual went to the airport yesterday and successfully had access to a Cayman Airways plane. He was able to walk through immigration and customs areas and bypassed the designated security check-points entirely. When security attempted to apprehend him he was able to elude their capture. CMR has been advised that the security cameras were not operational in the secured halls that he ran through.
One source opined that he secured the passenger Customs hall area and possibly went thru an unlocked door which takes you straight to the tarmac with the planes. At the time he actually made it to the CAL plane that was being tended to by ground staff. One person shared:
“Fortunately he never made it on to the Max 8 that was out there already boarded and bound for New York.”
We have also been reliably informed that the Chief Security Officer, Shane Bothwell, has resigned.
We understand that he did not have a ticket or any other legal authorization to access the tarmac or the plane itself. At this point it is unclear what his intentions were. However, he returned to the airport this morning to attempt the same thing again. This time he was wearing a hoody but was apprehended before gaining access to the plane.
This is a developing story and once more information is available this post will be updated.
UPDATE: December 27, 2018
Several days after an airport breach the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) confirmed that there was a breach of security at the Owen Roberts' International Airport on Christmas Day.
Reports are that at around 5:30 p.m a male suspect entered the airport customs hall and evaded the officer at a security checkpoint before entering the ramp and boarding an aircraft that was parked and undergoing maintenance.
The suspect subsequently escaped capture and left the area.
The suspect then reappeared the following morning on December 26 at approximately 6:40 a.m. and was immediately recognised and captured by Airport Security and the RCIPS before entering the terminal.
The incident is currently under investigation.