Well…this is shocking on many different levels. A teenager from New Jersey climbed to the top of the new World Trade Center, 104 floors up to take pictures and went unnoticed.
At about 4am on Sunday, he snuck through a hole in the fence at Ground Zero and made his way into the building. Despite the fact that he had no credentials, the elevator operator took him to the 88th floor. From there he climbed the rest of the way to the 104th. There he walked right passed a sleeping security guard, who was placed there to make sure no one trespassed onto the roof.
He took photos for hours at the top of the building and was only caught on his way out when a construction worker noticed him and alerted the authorities. He was taken into custody where his phone and camera were both seized.
The whole case raises a huge issue: shouldn’t there be more security at the new World Trade Center for obvious reasons? They should be able to do better than a sleeping security guard and an inattentive operator, right?
“We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible,” says Joe Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority.
Maybe it’s good that something innocent like this happened, to make them aware of how weak their security system really was before something else could have possibly happened. Do you agree?