National Post - April 19, 2012
Police and airport officials are investigating how a man managed to sneak past security at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and hide in an overhead bin on a Panama-bound flight.
Peel Regional Police Const. George Tudos said police received a call at Monday morning from airport authorities, saying someone had made their way into a secure part of the airport. He did not have information on what tipped airport officials off to this breach.
The suspect was found on a plane about a half-hour later as a canine unit searched the area.
"We're not disclosing exactly how he did it," Tudos said. "We are aware of how he did make it across security checkpoints and into the secure area, but . . . it's not something that we're going to be releasing."
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority said the suspect was located on board a Copa Airlines aircraft and no explosives were found.
Trevor Kendall, 33, a Canadian of no fixed address, has been charged with mischief over $5,000, break-and-enter into a plane, endangering the safety of an aircraft and obstructing police.
In April 2009, then-transport minister John Baird criticized security at the Toronto airport after he and Liberal Sen. Colin Kenny were able to walk onto the tarmac and other restricted areas without drawing attention from airport security or being asked for proper credentials.
Pearson is Canada's busiest airport, handling more than 33 million travellers last year.
With files from National Post staff