Brussels diamond heist highlights security holes

For Air Cargo World

It was the night of Feb. 18, and it was about to go down.

Armed robbers dressed in police uniforms broke through a hole they had made in the security fence at Brussels Airport and took diamonds worth $50 million as they were being loaded into the cargo hold of a plane.

This diamond heist was only the latest in a long line of airport perimeter breaches.

On Nov. 21, 2011, a car drove through the perimeter fence at Miami International Airport. Police found the car near the American Airlines cargo area. On March 1, 2012, a driver accelerated through a gate at Philadelphia International Airport and drove onto airport property as a plane took off. On Aug. 13, 2012, a man swam ashore to Kennedy International Airport, scaled a fence and walked into the airport.

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On Nov. 21, 2011, a car drove through the perimeter fence at Miami International Airport. Police found the car near the American Airlines cargo area. (Photo courtesy of Miami International Airport)

On Nov. 21, 2011, a car drove through the perimeter fence at Miami International Airport. Police found the car near the American Airlines cargo area. (Photo courtesy of Miami International Airport)