A Bronx man broke through a fence, entered the Albany International Airport runway and eventually made his way into an unoccupied plane’s cockpit early Monday, the Albany County Sheriff’s Department said.
He was finally apprehended after he left the cockpit, entered the gate boarding area and was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration agent, officials said.
Stan D. Johnson, 23, of the Bronx, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal trespass, misdemeanors,
Deputies first responded to the airport at around 3:25 a.m. for reports of a person on the secure side of the airport without authorization. Airport deputies and TSA agents then located Johnson, officials said.
Further investigation revealed that Johnson got in by breaching an airport security fence.
After breaching the fence, Johnson walked through the runway area until he entered a jet way bridge. He then got into the unoccupied aircraft‘s cockpit, officials said. A release did not describe the aircraft further.
Johnson then left the aircraft and went up the jet way, into the gate boarding area, where he was stopped by the agent, officials said.
Johnson was released on appearance tickets to appear in court later.