Airport fence breaches are in the news once again and one story in particular caught our eye.
We are used to reading news items about unauthorised entry at airport perimeters. People have all kinds of reasons for wanting to gain access, the primary motivation being theft. Like the 2013 jewel heist in Brussels that caught the world’s attention when thieves smashed through the perimeter airport fence using hijacked security vehicles and stole $50 million worth of diamonds.
The troublemakers in today’s story, however, are not human and no damage to the fence itself could be detected. Not even a single panel was out of place.
Airport Fence Breach By Deer
At Martha’s Vineyard Airport they had to close down all flight activity in order to stage a deer hunt. Yes, a deer hunt.
A herd of deer had been found living inside the airport perimeter and their presence obviously posed a potentially, serious hazard. No-one seems to know how the deer got there and with no point of entry through the airport fence in evidence, one theory is that at some point a number of them simply leapt over it. Going undetected at the time, they went on to form their own small herd.
With around 15,000 serviceable airports in the United States (the largest number of any country in the world), wildlife control in and around airports is taken very seriously by the FAA. The airport in this story worked with the FAA to resolve the problem, following through with a ‘wildlife mitigation plan’ which they were required to submit. Read more on this unusual airport perimeter breach.
As for our involvement in providing security for airport perimeters, we have provided solutions for both the commercial and military sectors.
Note: as the photo shows, our electric fence system can be fitted to create a very high perimeter fence. Indeed, our system at present operates on fences of 5 metres (16.5ft) in height at US mainland correctional facilities.