Man charged with violating security at Nashville airport injured - WSMV Channel 4

Man charged with violating security at Nashville airport injured outside LAX

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The man charged with violating air security at Nashville Airport International jumped off a bridge on the border of LAX airport Sunday, the Channel 4 I-Team has learned.

The incident is raising question as to how someone accused of jumping a fence and getting on board an American Airlines flight in Nashville was allowed to fly to the west coast.

A witness has repeatedly told the Channel 4 I-Team that they have seen Porat take several flights across the country.

Porat's Facebook page shows since his arrest on May 13 at Nashville International Airport, he has been in Ohio, Virginia and New York.

Ram Porat was supposed to be in Nashville today for a meeting with his attorney and to receive a psychological exam.

Porat's attorney, Caesar Cirigliano, told the Channel 4 I-Team Porat has several injuries, including a fractured skill, two broken bones and a broken pelvis.

Cirigliano said it's unclear if Porat fell or tried to commit suicide.

Porat faces several charges, including violating air security, in relation to the incident at Nashville international airport.

A spokeswoman with the California Highway Patrol said their anti-terrorism liaison was called in after Porat was discovered injured on the border of LAX.

"As a precaution, because of his past arrest in Tennessee, being so close to the airport, it was a precautionary measure," said CHP public information officer Monique Mischeaux.

It's unclear if Porat has ever been placed on a no-fly list because of his charges.

A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration would not comment on how often Porat has been allowed to fly, and referenced our questions about the no-fly list to the FBI's terrorist screening center.

No one from the FBI had returned our call for comment by our deadline.

The Channel 4 I-Team's chief investigative reporter asked Porat's attorney if his client should have been allowed to fly.

"Here's the thing - and I think there's a concern about his well being, that's the main issue. If he does have some issues, he hasn't been diagnosed with them. Should he be flying across the country? I don't know. That's something that eventually the courts will have to determine some day," Cirigliano said.

"Do you think he's a threat to himself or other people?" Finley asked.

"I think he's delusional. I'll be honest with you," Cirigliano said.

The CHP public information officer said Porat is being uncooperative with investigators, refusing to give them a statement, but they don't know if his reluctance to speak is because of his injuries. 

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