Mazik, 24, of Chadds Ford, was stopped after several minutes, and now faces a federal airport-disruption charge that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He also was charged locally with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and related offenses.
The incident raised questions about security at the airport: Could anything have prevented the breach, and what can the airport do to prevent a recurrence?
Airport officials issued a statement Friday saying they "continually review airport safety and security procedures with the TSA, Airport Police, FAA and other federal agencies."
They said the perimeter security fencing "meets or exceeds all federally mandated standards, and our airfield is secure."
Erroll Southers, a former deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security, said the incident could have been prevented.
"Here's a guy who wasn't a trained attacker and he was able to breach the perimeter," Southers said. "That's a problem."
Southers suggested that retractable metal barriers, similar to those used at U.S. embassies around the world, could be installed at the gates. He said that canals or berms should be created to prevent vehicles from reaching the fence from any road.
Douglas R. Laird, former head of security for Northwest Airlines, said that most airports can be penetrated by someone willing to crash through a gate or fence.
"The problem the airports face is that you want to make access to the airport impenetrable" like the White House, Laird said. "You're talking millions and millions of dollars for something that doesn't happen frequently."
As for terrorists' exploiting a perimeter fence, Laird said it wouldn't make sense: You don't need to drive a truck full of explosives through a gate and across a vast airfield hoping to reach a plane when you could easily pull up to a passenger drop-off zone in front of a crowded terminal, he said.
Why Mazik crashed the gate is a mystery.
A woman answering the phone at his home declined to comment Friday.
The FBI said Mazik was combative while in custody and hurt two police officers who were trying to put him in a holding cell.
The affidavit said the breach resulted in a costly disruption of airport operations and "endangered the safety and passengers and crew of the aircraft" that he sped toward.
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