Unauthorized Person on Jet Bridge at LAX


At approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning, an unauthorized person evaded customary security and was spotted on a jet bridge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Robert Pedregon of the LAX Police Department told NBC Los Angeles that police were alerted to the person’s presence at the Terminal 3, Gate 31B jet bridge. Pedregon said no security breach was found, but police were investigating, although no one was arrested.

ABC 7 reported that a fueler found someone wearing blue pants, a white shirt, and a blue jacket with stripes. When the suspicious person was confronted, he returned to the terminal.

As a precaution, authorities towed the plane, JetBlue Flight 24, from the terminal to the west end of the airfield. Airport police and LAPD bomb squad officers searched the aircraft and baggage. No passengers had yet boarded the plane.

A jet bridge is where passengers can move from a terminal gate to a parked plane.

JetBlue Flight 24, headed for John F. Kennedy International Airport, had its departure delayed from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

A federal law enforcement official said there was a “‘known threat’ to LAX from ISIS.”

Last April, federal officials discovered ISIS had called for attacks on uniformed personnel.


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