11 people pass through unmanned airport security checkpoint

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Three of the 11 passengers who walked through the security gate set off metal detectors, NBC New York reported.

Three of the wayward passengers set off a metal detector, and none of the 11 bothered to remove their shoes, according to a photo obtained by the NYDN.

Port Authority of NY and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says it happened Monday morning at Terminal 5.

TSA officials did not notify the police until two hours after the breach, authorities said.

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Port Authority police say they haven't been able to identify eight of the travelers yet, but are "continuing to assist federal authorities in efforts to identify and locate" them. "All personal carry-on bags receive required screening". Shortly after 6:00am Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the TSA opted to open a line for passengers to go through screening to board their flights.

The TSA, which is the agency responsible for airport security, then "conducted security measures" at the destination, a spokesman told reporters.

Worse yet, TSA agents didn't notify police about the incident until two hours later. "TSA takes this violation of procedures very seriously and is taking immediate action to prevent any further occurrence".

According to WNBC, the Transportation Security Administration released a statement assuring travelers it "works with a network of security layers both seen and unseen" and that although 11 passengers breezed through the TSA checkpoint without being screened, "this incident presents no threat to the aviation transportation system".

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