San Jose airport crews make improvements to security fence

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Crews Thursday began making improvements to the fence surrounding Mineta San Jose International Airport following criticism after a South Bay woman walked on the airfield and into a secure area. The incident occurred nearly a year after a Santa Clara teen survived a five-hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane.

Rep. Eric Swalwell , D-Dublin, said the security breaches are proof it’s time to install a perimeter detection system at San Jose’s Airport.

“It is troubling that in less than a year, San Jose Airport has had five perimeter breaches,” Swalwell said. “The public’s confidence in San Jose Airport’s ability to secure its perimeter and protect passengers is eroding.”

Last April, 15-year-old Yahya Abdi survived sub-zero temperatures and lack of oxygen on a five-hour flight from Mineta to Maui after hopping an airport fence and climbing into the wheel well of a Boeing 767. Abdi had been unhappy in the South Bay and desperately missed his mother, according to those who know his family.

Only days ago, on March 31, A UPS employee spotted Deanna Predoehl, 20, in a secure area at Mineta, and she resisted arrest when approached by officers around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, San Jose police said. She was ultimately subdued and arrested.

In August, Marilyn Hartman, the 63-year-old Bay woman who has repeatedly stowed away and attempted to stow away on flights departing from Bay Area airports, was able to board a plane in San Jose and fly to Los Angeles without a boarding pass.

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