Cross-Dressing Man Breaches Airport's $300 Million Security System

Officials in Newark, N.J., and Phoenix review Christmas Day incidents at busy airports.
3:00 | 12/27/13

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We turn to major concern this morning over security at our nation's major airports. This, after two alarming incidents on one of the busiest travel days of the year. And in both cases, intruders got on to the tarmac before they were arrested. Gio benitez is at newark international airport with the story. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning to you, lara. Here at nuewark, there's a $300 million security system. But that wasn't enough to stop an intruder. And wait until you see what happened at other airports. New video from the phoenix airport. Police say this 49-year-old man, not only jumped the fence on to the tarmac. But you can see him running right up to a southwest airlines plane that had just landed on christmas day. In newark, christmas morning, police say a 24-year-old dressed in women's clothes, breached the pricey perimeter security and walked on to the tarmac, confronted by a united airlines worker. Police conceding it took an unacceptably long time for officers to locate the man and arrest him. Fortunately these were harmless. But they could have been perpetrated by terrorists. Reporter: Airport security mishaps are raising eyebrows all across the country. In may 2012, at san diego's lindbergh field, a stunning breach. A parolee, fresh out of jail, allegedly walked on the tarmac and on to a commuter jet. Arrested right b takeoff. In march 2012, a 24-year-old drove his jeep on to a runway at philly international airport. And there's the man who beat the security at america's sixth-largest airport, jfk. Telling abc news, his jet ski broke down nearby. And he was trying to be scene so he climbed the fence, looking for help. I figured I was going to be on cameras. Somebody's going to pick me up. Maybe a helicopter's going to come or a police car, something. Nothing happened, to the point where I had to walk up to a cargo worker. I had to walk up to a cargo worker. Reporter: This morning, experts insist airports need more than just advanced security systems. They also need alert, armed patrol officers monitoring those cameras, ready to take action. And that is exactly why here at newark the investigation now turns to the independent company that's supposed to be monitoring those cameras and alarms, lara. Gio, thank you.

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