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2 questioned after LAX security breach, authorities say

January 31, 2010 |  7:09 am

Two men were detained for questioning Saturday evening after authorities said they breached security at Los Angeles International Airport by hopping a 6-foot-high perimeter fence.

But police then determined that the men, who were carrying a guitar, cameras and a flask of alcohol, posed no safety threat. The men, whose identities were not released, were cited for trespassing and released at about 6 p.m.

Someone had alerted authorities after seeing the men, both in their 20s, climbing the fence in a secluded,  grassy area near Napoleon Street on the airport’s northwest side.

The spot is far from any runways, but officers with the L.A. Police Department and the LAX police force responded to the scene. “We take it very seriously,” LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden said. “This is not an everyday type of trespassing.”

-- Andrew Blankstein and Larry Gordon