Jamaican escapes from airport after being denied entry in Trinidad

Police are probing an incident in which a Jamaican national, who was refused entry into Trinidad, eluded immigration and airline security officials and left the Piarco International Airport on Saturday.

The Sunday Guardian newspaper reports that the Jamaican man, in his early 20s, arrived late Friday aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight from Kingston.

It’s reported that the man – whose name was not released – has pend­ing drug-re­lat­ed matters in Ja­maica and at­tempt­ed to en­ter Trinidad previously on three occasions.

When he attempted to re-enter the country on Friday, he was stopped by immigration authorities and placed in an immigration detention holding room at the airport. 

How­ev­er, when im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers went to check on the man early Saturday, he could not be found.

The Guardian reports that of­fi­cers lat­er dis­cov­ered that the man had re­moved a ceil­ing tile in the roof of the room and climbed in­side the area.

The Air­ports Au­thor­i­ty of T&T (AATT) in a statement late Saturday, con­firmed that the Jamaican man had es­caped from Im­mi­gra­tion and air­line se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cials and left the airport.

The au­thor­i­ty ad­vis­es that by law, peo­ple who were re­fused en­try by the Im­mi­gra­tion Division be­come the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty of the air­line. 

The AATT said that it was not in a po­si­tion to dis­cuss se­cu­ri­ty mea­sures be­ing put in place to pre­vent a re­cur­rence of this sit­u­ation.­