Man Scales Fence, Approaches Jet Staging For Takeoff at LAX

posted by City News Service - 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man climbed a barbed-wire fence today at Los Angeles International Airport and approached a jetliner preparing for takeoff before he was quickly taken into custody.

The incursion was reported about 1:40 p.m., when an airport police officer saw the man, who scaled a perimeter fence, running across a runway, officials said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, approached a Delta jet staging for departure and was taken into custody within a few minutes, according Airport Police Officer Rob Pedregon.

Mechanics did a quick precautionary inspection of the plane, which was then cleared for departure.

A search of the airport perimeter was concluded soon afterward and normal airport operations resumed by 2 p.m., Pedregon said.

The man was detained for interviews by airport police and the FBI and would likely be booked on suspicion of trespassing and possibly other offenses, the officer said.

A mental health evaluation was also likely, Pedregon said.

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