Yes this is real. No it was not some kind of publicity stunt put on by the Port Authority to attract attention. The fact that these guys pulled this off is kind of awesome, but also pretty scary. What in the hell kind of security is there that they could get away with this? Check it out:
Four men in total have been arrested in connection with the stunt. Again, if it were me, I’d be more upset these guys were able to get past security to do this more than I would at them pulling it off.