A man who told sheriff’s deputies that he was homeless breached the perimeter fence near a FedEx building at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport early Friday morning, according to an arrest report.
The man told Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies that he was just wandering around and stumbled into the airport operations area through an open gate.
Around 4:10 a.m., FedEx employees spotted him walking east on a perimeter road behind the shipping company’s building and summoned a detective posted to the airport.
Col. John Fortunato said both sheriff’s deputies and the FBI responded. The man identified himself as Andrew Bryant and told deputies he lives in a New Orleans homeless shelter.
Authorities checked the perimeter fences but were stumped as to how Bryant could have walked in through an open gate.
“It is believed that he may have jumped the fence to gain entrance into the secure area,” said Fortunato.
He said Bryant never approached any airplanes, and did not pose a serious security threat. He was booked on a charge of criminal trespass.
Last month the airport was the site of another, far more threatening breach when New Orleans man Richard White rushed security agents inside the terminal building with a machete. He was shot and killed by officers from the sheriff’s office during the March 21 incident.