NYPD’s top officer Keechant Sewell is patted at Kennedy Airport – but the trip leads to a feud between detectives and security details

Police sources told the Daily News that Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell was fine with a scrutiny by TSA agents before she boarded a flight out of town in late August – but her flight to Kennedy Airport was on the nerves of the cops who escorted her.

The sources said that an intelligence bureau investigator who for years was the NYPD Kennedy Airport liaison with the Port Authority Police and other law enforcement agencies at the airport, was assigned a new assignment following a scuffle involving Sewell’s security details.

This predicament occurred in the last week of August when Sewell headed out of town alone on a personal trip.

Sewell was taken to the airport with her security details and was supposed to get on her plane fairly quickly as a law enforcement member enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program.

But that didn’t happen, with Detective Diana Pecoraro, a 37-year-old veteran of the NYPD, instead taking the top cop through public scrutiny.

A source said Sewell was asked to take off her shoes, and was asked to stand up to be checked because the metal detector kept ringing.

Police officials said Sewell was unarmed, and the problem wasn’t NYPD’s metallic armor, as one TSA agent thought. Instead, the alarm was triggered by a set of headphones.

“The commissioner was frustrated, but it wasn’t the end of the world that had to go through public scrutiny,” a source said.

Once cleared, Sewell boarded the plane on her own, as planned.

But back in the arrival hall, Pecoraro and the cops detailing Sewell — including other NYPD investigators — began arguing about how long the details should remain at the airport, according to NYPD sources.

Details insisted we wait until the plane takes off in case Sewell is endangered — or if she needs to disembark for some other reason, according to NYPD sources.

But Pecoraro, whose responsibilities include ensuring that members of the NYPD leave the airport without any problems, wanted the officers to leave immediately. A source said she even threatened to involve the Port Authority police.

to threaten [commissioner’s] “The details are crazy,” the source said. “That’s why it was moved.”

A source close to Pecoraro and another source familiar with the incident said Sewell’s security team – most of them new to their mission – were still learning their jobs, and suggested they should have put off to try Pecoraro.

Meanwhile, the Port Authority police are indignant, with an agency source noting that they have always worked well with Pecoraro and considered her a member of their own department.

Pecoraro, who remains in charge of the Intelligence Bureau, could not be reached for comment, and Paul Digiacomo, president of the Detective Endowments Association, could not comment.

with Thomas Tracy

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