NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Ken Bradix runs security at Planet Hollywood, less than a block away from where Richard Rojas bailed out of his crashed car and tried to make a break for it.
“I turned around, I saw a car driving down 7th Avenue on the sidewalk and it was smoking,” he said. “[The driver] was screaming — no particular words — but he was screaming and flailing his arms in all kinds of directions.”
Bradix ran to the middle of the street and he and a traffic agent tackled Rojas to the ground while cops raced over to cuff him. He said Rojas seemed like he was on something.
He said that after the disturbed man was hauled away and he took a walk up the street the horror of what just happened sank in. He said he saw a couple of people on the ground while FDNY medics tended to them.
“As far as what I’ve seen today, I can’t really describe it in words,” Bradix said. “I can show you through feelings but I can’t say in words.”
Bradix said he did what anyone else would do. But in those nightmare moments, when he didn’t know what was going to happen next, he didn’t think of his own life.
“It was somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction. I did what any civic-minded person would do,” Bradix said. “In short, I just wanted to do the right thing.”
The AP reported that Planet Hollywood said Bradix “selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect.”
Going through security at airports may soon get even more strict as the threat of terrorism has now been determined to include the possibility of explosives packed inside a laptop or electronic tablet. Airport security expert Glen Winn says he’s been watching events in Washington, where the heads of United, American, and Delta Airlines have been involved in confidential meetings with Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
“There is a potential for a laptop explosive device or other electronic devices being brought on civilian aviation, particularly U. S. aviation, planes coming in to U. S. from several countries. He says primarily Eastern Europe and the Middle East, some already under restriction, but Winn thinks this could expand very quickly.
“I think a total ban is a possibility, just as we did with liquids.
He talks about the progressive screening procedures we saw in 1995 when liquids were banned from flights after an attack in Asia. How things changed after the terror attacks of 9-11; and where we are now. He says our laptops are likely the next targets.
“Preparations are being made for further restrictions on travel with electronic devices, it’s only a hair’s breadth away before that happens.”
Frank Fleming is a retired Captain for United Airlines and he recognizes that passengers would be inconvenienced.
“You’ve got a lot of people just flying for the day and they’re on that computer the whole time; that’s all they got with them so now they’re going to have to get a bag, check the bag and pay for it, there are repercussions.”
But safety is the top priority.
“That’s number one!”
Just five months after a gunman killed five people at the Ft. Lauderdale airport’s baggage claim, a new report says communication and collaboration are the keys to enhancing safety before travelers step through security. The report, issued by the Public Area Security Summit, made up of stakeholders from law enforcement, government agencies, and the airline industry, is the result of a series of meetings hosted by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of last year’s deadly terrorist attacks within airports in Brussels and Istanbul.
“We’re dealing with a public area of an airport. It doesn’t matter where you move the perimeter to, there’s always going to be an outside of a perimeter,” said Stephen Alterman, a participant in the Summit and president of the Cargo Airline Association. The Summit called for expanding threat awareness education like the “If you see something, say something” campaign, conducting workforce training, investing in construction designs with an eye towards facilitating security, and establishing “airport operation centers” where law enforcement, airport and airline officials can quickly gather to monitor security situations.
“There’s got to be a central location to share threat information, so hopefully it’s preventative, but certainly it’s reactive, too,” Alterman said.
Notably, the report did not recommend more checkpoints, barriers, or security agents for the public areas.
“The airport is already a stressful place to go to. The last thing the airports want, the last thing TSA wants is more stress at an airport,” said Alterman.
The framework is not mandatory, and the report provided no timeline for when its reforms should be implemented. But the Summit is already working with some airports to put its recommendations into practice.