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As report into airport security is published, how often has MSP been breached?


Security at U.S. airports is under the microscope Thursday after an Associated Press study revealed 268 perimeter breaches between January 2004 and 2015.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International had 10 such breaches during that period, the AP study found. None were linked to terrorism.

The study focused on perimeter fence breaches – fence jumpers, drunken-drivers crashing through barriers, and people hiding in the wheel wells of aircrafts.

Three at MSP occurred when military vehicles strayed into the wrong part of the airport, which an airport spokesman told BringMeTheNews happens from time to time as the airfield is used foo both military and commercial purposes.

It did not take into account breaches in the terminals themselves – which is where the most recent high-profile incidents at MSP have occurred.

MSP terminal breaches

According to figures from the Metropolitans Airports Commission, between 2007 and 2014, there were 15 security breaches at the airport.

MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan told BringMeTheNews these incidents could involve perimeter breaches, or people getting through the airport or boarding a plane without getting properly screened by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

However, it should be noted that these figures only relate to breaches that had an impact on airport operations – for example causing delays, or partial closures – and Hogan said that "most security breaches do not."

It could be for this reason that the airport was considered to have zero security breaches in 2013, when a 9-year-old boy managed to get onto a flight in Minneapolis and fly to Las Vegas without having a ticket, as reported by CNN.

Another breach occurred this past September, when FOX 9 reported two passengers waiting for their plane were able to exit the airport, have a cigarette and then re-enter through airport exits without being stopped by a TSA official.

No figures for 2015 are available yet, but in February accused 63-year-old "serial stowaway" Marilyn Hartman told authorities in Florida she had arrived in the state having boarded a flight from the Twin Cities without a ticket.

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