Security personnel allowed a 25-year-old Garland man trying to stop his girlfriend from being "with the wrong guy" to bypass security checkpoints and board an American Airlines flight without a ticket Sunday, according to a report issued Tuesday by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport police.

Security personnel allowed a 25-year-old Garland man trying to stop his girlfriend from being "with the wrong guy" to bypass security checkpoints and board an American Airlines flight without a ticket Sunday, according to a report issued Tuesday by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport police.


The report said Transportation Security Administration agents did nothing to stop Damarias Cockerham.


The Louisiana-born insurance agent was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. But the report outlines how he managed to get on the plane without a photo ID or a ticket: He simply walked through a Terminal D checkpoint "without being stopped by a TSA agent."


Cockerham then ran on to an American Airlines flight bound for Guatemala. He refused to get off until it became clear the flight wouldn’t be leaving with him on board.


The police report said that by the time officers arrived at the gate, Cockerham was walking away. At that point he was detained and questioned. The report said Cockerham began crying and would not cooperate or answer questions. When an officer asked Cockerham how he managed to get on the plane without an ID or a ticket, he answered, "I walked."


Officials in the airport’s master control room, where cameras are monitored, confirmed that Cockerham was never stopped despite signs "indicating that entry to the sterile area of the terminal is restricted to ticketed passengers with valid identification."


When asked why he was trying to go to Guatemala, Cockerham told officers "he didn’t want his girlfriend going down there and being with the wrong guy." When asked how he knew she was on the flight, Cockerham said he "looked at the board."


Cockerham told officers he drove to the airport and left his car parked along the curb. Officers took his keys and got a police dog unit to search the vehicle. The dog "exhibited a positive response for the presence of energetic materials."


In the report, an officer said that when he asked if there was anything dangerous in the car, Cockerham stated that he had made some "bad choices." Officers formed a perimeter around the car, but a search failed to find any explosives. Cockerham was taken to the airport jail and his car towed.


TSA did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. In a statement Monday, TSA Regional Public Affairs Manager Carrie Harmon said the agency is "reviewing the incident and is working closely with the airport, local law enforcement and stakeholders to ensure that all of our checkpoints at D/FW reflect optimal security configurations."


Harmon also said TSA immediately "made adjustments" to the D/FW screening area and added more barriers. She said the agency is working to identify other long-term solutions that may require more physical changes to the area.


___


(c)2015 The Dallas Morning News


Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com


Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.