One security guard was still hospitalized with head injuries this afternoon after helping detain a man who breached security at the small commuter terminal at Honolulu Airport, an airport spokesman said.
The man who breached security died after becoming unresponsive while security detained him.
An airport security official said the man pushed away another security official to get into an area for ticketed passengers, then ran through two doors that lead to an outdoor walkway to where the airplanes are parked. He was stopped there by security.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara said the man, who was in his 40s and not a ticketed traveler, tried to enter through the exit of the security checkpoint.
“He did manage to force his way into the secured area,” Sakahara said. “Seconds later, he was apprehended and taken into custody.”
The man became unresponsive while being held, and life-saving measures were initiated by the Honolulu Fire Department, EMS and Airport Rescue firefighters, Sakahara said. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Sakahara said the incident happened at 5:48 a.m. today and had no impact on flight operations.
Sakahara said multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including Securitas law enforcement officers, state sheriffs and Transportation Security Administration officers. The Securitas law enforcement officer who was injured was hurt while trying to detain the man.
Detectives were investigating the incident this afternoon.
The Star-Advertiser’s Rob Shikina contributed to this report.