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San Jose stowaway did us all a favor

The 16-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., boy who hopped a fence onto the tarmac at Mineta San Jose International Airport to hitch a ride in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner did us all a favor. The porous security was exposed without anybody getting hurt, let alone killed.

San Jose’s airport officials say they meet all the federal standards for security. High fences, some barbed wire, and video cameras might seem like enough to keep people out. Clearly, they’re not.

SJC covers more than 1,000 acres, and it’s a relatively small airport. Imagine the perimeter at Chicago’s O’Hare.

The word is out now that this is possible, so there’s a new urgency to tighten security.

Thank the young interloper. Who, by the way, is about to encounter a whole new meaning of being grounded.

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