Man boards American flight at Dallas airport without ticket and ID


    According to the police report just released by Dallas/Fort Worth
    International Airport officials yesterday, “some bad choices” resulted
    in 25-year-old Damarias Cockerham’s bypassing
    Transportation Security Administration checkpoints and boarding an
    American Airlines flight to Guatemala without a ticket Sunday afternoon.
    And, the report says, TSA agents did nothing to stop him.
    The Louisiana-born insurance agent from Garland was arrested Sunday and
    charged with criminal trespassing. But the report makes it very clear
    how he managed to get on the plane sans a photo ID or a ticket: He
    simply walked through a Terminal D checkpoint “without being stopped by a
    TSA agent.”
    He then ran onto a American Airlines flight bound for Guatemala City and
    refused to get off until it became clear the flight wouldn’t be leaving
    with him on board.
    The police report says that by the time officers arrived at Terminal D’s
    Gate 17, Cockerham was walking away. At that point he was detained, and
    the questioning began. But it wasn’t easy, according to the police
    report, which says Cockerham “began crying and would not cooperate or
    answer any of our questions.”
    According to the report, when an officer asked Cockerham how he managed
    to get on the plane without an ID or a ticket, he simply responded, “I
    Officials in the airport’s master control room, where cameras are
    monitored, confirmed that Cockerham was never stopped despite signs
    “indicating that entry to the sterile area of the terminal is restricted
    to ticketed passengers with valid identification.”
    When asked why he was trying to go to Guatemala, Cockerham told officers
    “he didn’t want his girlfriend going down there and being with the
    wrong guy.” When asked how he knew she was on the flight, Cockerham said
    he “looked at the board.”
    One of the officers asked Cockerham how he got to the airport. The
    25-year-old said he drove and left his car parked along the curb.
    Officers took his keys and got a K9 unit to search the vehicle “as a
    precautionary measure due to Cockerham’s demeanor and reluctance to
    answer questions.” The dog “exhibited a positive response for the
    presence of energetic materials.”
    In the report, an officer says he asked Cockerham if there was anything
    dangerous in the car. At that point, says the report, “He stated he made
    some bad choices.” Officers formed a perimeter around the car, but a
    search ultimately failed to turn up anything considered dangerous; that
    is, they didn’t find explosives. Cockerham was taken to the airport
    jail, and his car was towed.
    In a statement sent to The Dallas Morning News on Monday, TSA Regional
    Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon said the agency is “reviewing the
    incident and is working closely with the airport, local law enforcement
    and stakeholders to ensure that all of our checkpoints at DFW reflect
    optimal security configurations.”
    Harmon also said TSA immediately “made adjustments” to the DFW screening
    area and added more barriers. She said the agency “is working to
    identify other long-term solutions that may require physical adjustments
    to the area.”
    Source: The Dallas Morning News


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