TOKYO -- Authorities at Japan's busiest airport are
scrambling to tighten security after they failed to stop a
man who smashed a car through a temporary construction
fence and then drove a limousine around the tarmac while
aircraft took off and landed.
Acting under the influence of drugs, the intruder, Toshiaki
Terauchi, killed himself by jumping in a canal before he
could be apprehended.
The incident at Tokyo's Haneda Airport came just days after
the government pledged to guard Japan's transportation
network more closely as a precaution against terrorism.
The 32-year-old unemployed man smashed a stolen car through
an airport fence leading into a restricted area, then
commandeered a limousine bus and a car in succession for a
30-minute ride around the tarmac.
About 10 minutes elapsed before authorities shut down
Haneda's three runways.
Airport, police and government officials have met to review
the breach and discuss ways to close security loopholes.
Unlike permanent fences surrounding the airport, the
construction fence wasn't equipped with sensors. The
airport has since posted guards in the area and reinforced
the fence with barricades.
Twelve aircraft took off or landed while the man was on the
tarmac. About 30,000 travelers were affected by delays or
cancellations following the runway shutdown.
Haneda is Japan's busiest airport and handles mostly
domestic flights. It served about 60 million passengers in