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DALLAS - An hour-long police chase that ended on an active runway at Love Field was as stunning as it was embarrassing.

The airport security system supposed to prevent terrorism couldn't even stop a 46-year-old man wearing no shirt, who was allegedly driving a stolen truck that was missing a wheel.

They should have shot this guy, said Denny Kelly, an aviation analyst and former airline pilot. When he came around and looked like he was going to blow that fence, they should have shot him. It's just that simple.

The chase exposed an aviation weakness that is common at airports across the country. At this location, a chain-link fence and unarmed security guards are all that stand between the public area and planes loaded with people.

Other gates at Dallas Love Field are ram proof, with devices that come out of the ground preventing cars from going through. So, why isn't that the care for all gates to the tarmac? Officials couldn't immediately answer that question.

At this point, everything is under review, including the situation there at the end, said Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes, Dallas Police Department.

Kelly said Love Field needs to choke traffic to the tarmac down to only a couple entrances and protect them with armed guards.

It's a huge deal, he said. What if this guy had the intent to ram an airplane full of people that was landing or taking off? He could have killed 130 people.

If a carjacker can penetrate airport security, Kelly said, why can't a hijacker? He bets the runway chase leads to a spirited conversation but no real change.

The FAA said air traffic controllers stopped all planes from landing and taking off on Love Field's two runways for about 10 minutes.

The FBI told WFAA that even though an agent is always stationed at the airport and federal laws might have been broken, this will likely be a case that local district attorneys prosecute.

Email: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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