Two separate teams of emergency responders were reportedly unable to reach a man — who suffered from a heart attack — in time to save his life because they were unable to open the locked security doors with their identification cards at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Emergency responders from both the police department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Fire Department of New York attempted to reach Gunseye Adekunle — a resident of New Jersey who was 50 years old — who died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance on his way to Jamaica Hospital at least 40 minutes after a police operator received a call via 911 at approximately 6:30 in the morning.
The incident reportedly occurred in Terminal 4 — the same terminal where extensive renovations were recently completed by Delta Air Lines in part to replace the old Worldport building also known as Terminal 3, which is now closed to the public.
According to a spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, there technically was no delay when it came to administering aid to Adekunle because a customs official began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately after the heart attack occurred.
While a spokesperson representing Delta Air Lines denies any fault on the part of the company, the main question is why the identification cards used by emergency responders supposedly failed in a terminal building whose cost was greater than one billion dollars to renovate.
In fact, FlyerTalk member Asiaflyguy thought that it was “odd that the airport does not have terminal first responders with AED’s, O2 and other EMT supported/approved treatment tools.”
Another question is whether or not Adekunle would have survived had emergency personnel successfully reached him within minutes and treated him.
Well, at least an operator of a jet ski will most likely not be able to penetrate the security of Terminal 4, as happened in August of 2012 where a man 31 years of age inadvertently walked through two runways and into a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, bypassing all of the state-of-the-art security systems worth $100 million while wearing a bright yellow life jacket.
I suspect that there is more to this story than we know, which is why this tragic incident is currently under investigation — but as of now, no changes have been implemented to the security doors or to the badges of personnel of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.