Contact: Columbia Public Works - Columbia Regional Airport
On Sunday, July 21, at about 6:45 am, Columbia Regional Airport Public Safety was notified that two passengers had boarded an American Airlines aircraft by accessing an unsecured door at the airline's ticket counter. They were removed from the plane by Airport Public Safety and arrested by the Columbia Police on charges of first degree trespass. All other passengers and luggage were re-screened by TSA, and the plane was swept with negative findings. The flight to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) departed approximately an hour behind schedule. Airport Public Safety took immediate steps to secure the access point and is addressing this issue with the airline.
For information on the passengers arrest information, please contact the Columbia Police Department at (573) 874-7652.