The man who drove a car through a perimeter fence at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday afternoon made it onto an airplane with a backpack before authorities could catch up to him and detain him, Maryland Transportation Authority Police confirmed Monday.

“Yes, he did enter an unoccupied aircraft,” said Lt. Kevin Ayd, a MdTA Police spokesman. “The aircraft and the backpack were checked, and there was nothing that was alarming.”

The backpack contained only “papers and personal effects,” and the FBI determined “this was not terrorism-related,” Ayd said.

The FBI confirmed it does not believe there is a terrorism link, and added that they were assisting MdTA with their investigation and are not the lead agency.

Police had reported the breach of the perimeter fence on Saturday, but not the fact that the man had boarded a plane.

Ayd said the plane was a smaller-model aircraft, such as those that are boarded not directly from terminal gates but via stairs on the tarmac. He said he did not know who owned the aircraft, or whether the owner was a major airline.

May 30, 2017

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