Last updated: 12:11 PM ET, Sat March 14 2015

Woman Breaches Security at San Francisco Int., Gets on Runway

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 14, 2015

Woman Breaches Security at San Francisco Int., Gets on Runway

Photo courtesy of San Francisco Int. Airport's Facebook page

Questions about effectiveness of security have arisen at San Francisco International Airport when a woman was able to breach security and get onto a runway Wednesday evening, SFGate reported.

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Adriana Anabela Monterroso-Santos, 42, living in a homeless shelter near the airport, allegedly walked onto a runway and waved her arms at a plane.

She was swiftly taken into custody by airport police. She told the arresting officer that, having failed to find employment in the U.S. after arriving from her home country of Guatemala, she was going  to hide in a cargo hold of a plane bound for that Central American locale.

Wagstaffe revealed that Monterroso-Santos got the idea to sneak herself onto an airliner from the story of the Santa Clara youth who secreted himself in the wheelwell of a jet flying from San Jose to Maui, in a quest to return to Africa and find his mother. The youth survived despite low oxygen levels and sub-zero temperatures.

Monterroso-Santos didn’t seem to have a clear plan in identifying a Guatemala-bound aircraft, and Wagstaffe said the San Mateo County D.A. would be looking into potential mental health issues. “If she needs help, we’ll steer her in the right direction,” he said.

Wagstaffe was more alarmed by the lapse in security. “The real concern should be how she got out onto a runway, not why,” he said. “If she can do it, what is stopping a terrorist from doing the same thing?”

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