April 26, 2012 Arlington VA
Airport Security Questioned on TSA 'Convenience'
The Associated Press is reporting this morning that the TSA has approved the utilization of uncleared employees, allowing them ID Cards that givem access to airport facilities, without the necessary completion of background checks.
This is apparently happening at Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, according to the piece in the Washington Post Today. The travelling public should be concerned that virtually anyone willing to give the TSA their fingerprints to get a job could be working the planes and the runways at Atlanta. Hartsfield. Read the whole story here.
TSA Screeners Indicted for allowing drugs at LAX Airport
As the LA Times article says, in part: "The man with eight pounds of methamphetamine in his carry-on bag stood in the snaking security line at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 4, inching toward the checkpoint, when a TSA screener approached.
But it wasn't to stop the contraband, according to prosecutors. It was to make sure it got through.
The screener, John Whitfield, allegedly told the man to get to the back of the line so he and his luggage would get to the X-ray machines when Whitfield's shift started. That way, he would be the one watching the meth show up on screen; and in exchange for $1,200, Whitfield allowed it through, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday.
Read the rest of the story here.
Yet another example why TSA's preference for hiring out of the local unemployment offices is bad policy and leads to situations such as these.