Eleven unidentified passengers walked through a security lane without being screened at Kennedy Airport early Monday because the TSA left the area open and unattended, law enforcement sources said.
A security camera captured a metal detector going off three times as the travellers walked through the screening lane, the sources said.
The breach happened around 6 a.m. at Terminal 5, but two hours passed before Transportation Security Administration officials notified the Port Authority Police Department, the sources said.
When they were finally notified, Port Authority cops flooded the terminal equipped with surveillance photos of the travellers, but none of them could be found, the sources said.
A search continues, and a broader investigation into the breach is under way, the sources said.