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  1. Noah
    Noah at |

    There are hundreds of staff at each airport that are allowed to pass through doors to the secure side without being screened. While there are some security measures in place, they do not seem to be sufficient.

    Pair that with low wage workers (cause those guys pushing your wheelchair are likely minimum wage outsourced workers) and its no surprise something like this happened.

    But you know…go ahead and dump that water bottle and nail clippers in the nearest trash.

  2. Mike
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    When I worked as a ramper for an outsource company, I was quite surprised at how easy it would be to do harm. The entire program is risk based with background checks required for SIDA badge holders (the badge that allows you through without security). The only thing that prevents someone from bringing in prohibited items is the stipulation that any possessions in the SIDA area are subject to random search. The problem is, most of my co-workers in these low paying jobs were able to get badges despite openly talking about their drug use and dealing with their coworkers, some even used on the job. They were able to get their positions because they hadn’t been convicted of a serious enough offense to trigger a SIDA badge denial. We even had a sex offender who worked as a supervisor that was able to receive a badge.
    If they want to operate under this risk based system, they need to move to a system more akin to NEXUS/Global Entry where a more exhaustive background check is completed, otherwise, it is a gap waiting to get exploited. While I don’t think that they should completely exclude an employee based on a record, if they want to hire employees with a criminal record, they should be given Sterile badges which require going through security first.

  3. Joe
    Joe at |

    This is actually the avenue that I had assumed had been exploited on the morning of that horrible Tuesday morning 13 years ago. And I had jumped to this conclusion purely from the scene of a ramp worker inserting a fake “safety” pamphlet into a seat back in the movie Fight Club.
    It absolutely boggles my mind that something like this would still be possible over a decade later. If anyone tries to claim a failure of imagination in this fiasco, they should be have some sense beaten into them with the business end of a sledgehammer.
    This is flatly inexcusable and only highlights the irrelevant and polished performance theater they conduct at the TSA. Ugh.