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Man gets on empty plane before breaching fence

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Posted at 5:32 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 05:32:43-04

 LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A man drove through a perimeter fence at BWI Airport and police say he got onto an unoccupied airplane before authorities detained him.

Media outlets report the car got into a secure area at Signature Flight Support at Baltimore Washington International Airport Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday.

The Baltimore Sun reports  that Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Ayd confirmed Monday that the 42-year-old Laurel man entered the smaller model aircraft at Pier D near the terminal and left a bag on board, then left and re-entered the aircraft before police arrived.

Ayd says the aircraft and the backpack were checked and there was nothing "alarming." The man hasn't been charged and is undergoing a medical evaluation.

The FBI has ruled out terrorism in this incident.