- A man was arrested on Monday after jumping the fence at Los Angeles International Airport and running onto the runway near a Delta Air Lines plane.
- Shortly before 1:30 p.m. local time, a man scaled the barrier security barrier near Sepulveda Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue and was seen running toward an idle Delta plane.
- Following interviews with airport police, the man was booked for trespassing.
- A LAX Public Information Officer for Airport Police tells Business Insider the man’s motivations were “a combination of mental illness and possible narcotics involved.”
A man was arrested on Monday after jumping the fence at Los Angeles International Airport and running onto the runway near a Delta Air Lines plane.
According to CBS 4 Los Angeles, shortly before 1:30 p.m. local time a man scaled the barrier security barrier near Sepulveda Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. He was then seen running near an idle Delta Air Lines plane, where CBS 4 reports officers said he tried to hide underneath the plane before they arrived. He was then taken into custody.
Rob Pedregon, LAX Public Information Officer for Airport Police, told Business Insider that the suspect is a 23-year-old man from the Los Angeles area. When asked what the suspect’s motivation was for climbing the security barrier and reaching the runway, Pedregon stated, “a combination of mental illness and possible narcotics involved,” where the suspect was on those narcotics at the time of the incident.
According to CBS News, police have yet to release more information pertaining to whether the man was armed.
Pedregon told Business Insider the man was arrested and booked for trespassing, where a trial date will be set.
CBS 4 Los Angeles reports the man was also interviewed by the FBI.
LAX is America’s second busiest airport after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where earlier this summer a man was also arrested for scaling a fence and jumping on the runway, though in that instance he was only in his underwear.
At LAX on Monday, a couple of passengers on the idle Delta flight took pictures of the incident and shared them on social media, with users noting the man started doing push-ups.
The view from our @Delta flight at LAX. A guy ran onto the runway and started doing push-ups. Swiftly apprehended by @LAAirportPD before he could transition to sprints. @flyLAXairport #LAXPD pic.twitter.com/otYpZDO9cT
— Chad Ridgely (@ChadRidgely) August 27, 2018
— Debbie Tippit Clark (@AspieMominator) August 27, 2018
Views from nearby planes at LAX after man seen jumping fence, apparently doing push-ups on the runway was arrested by police pic.twitter.com/c4V1umd0ni
— Ian Michael Giatti ⁉️ (@IMGiatti) August 27, 2018