Joe Biden’s security breached while boarding campaign plane


Johnstown, Pa. — An unidentified photographer breached Joe Biden’s Secret Service perimeter this afternoon as the candidate boarded his charter plane in Pennsylvania.  

The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, were walking up the plane staircase from their motorcade at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport when a man with a camera made his way onto the small airport tarmac, around the plane’s rear and under its left wing to join the group of credentialed press corps traveling with Biden who were watching the couple board. 

Soon after reaching the area under the plane wing, the man was intercepted by a Secret Service agent and physically removed. The man flashed an orange pass around his neck, declared himself a photographer, and initially resisted the agent trying to pull him away. 

CBS News was part of Biden’s limited traveling press corps and witnessed the altercation under the plane. 

The man apparently either jumped a green, six-foot fence near the small terminal where a few dozen people gathered or entered the tarmac through an unauthorized pedestrian gate, the airport’s general manager Chad Gontkovic told CBS News. The unidentified man proceeded approximately 75 yards to Biden’s plane, which was surrounded on all sides by Secret Service agents, a more than eight-car motorcade and other local law enforcement.  

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“A member of the media who was credentialed for an event earlier in the day attempted to gain access to the airport tarmac for the departure of Presidential Candidate Biden,” a Secret Service spokesperson told CBS News in a statement. “The individual encountered law enforcement, disregarded their instructions, and accessed the tarmac. U.S. Secret Service personnel apprehended the individual and escorted him from the area.” 

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