Police: Man who breached airport security was not threat

May 3, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man is in custody after a security breach at Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts.

State police said there was no terrorism threat involved, but the 31-year-old man managed to get himself on to the airfield Wednesday evening and took a fuel truck for a ride.

The man was later found inside a fuselage that is used for training exercises by firefighters at the airport. Police said he had a black substance believed to be tar on his face and was speaking incoherently.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, said there were no “operational impacts” as a result of the incident.

The suspect, from Leominster, has not been identified. He faces trespassing and several other charges.

Authorities are investigating how he accessed the airfield.


This story has been corrected to show the suspect’s hometown is Leominster, not Lawrence, per officials.