Fri, May 09, 2008
Incident Termed A 'Hiccup' By Officials
Two contract security guards at
Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO were suspended this
week, after a homeless man was found sleeping onboard a parked
KTVI-2 reports the man was able to slip past the two Whalen
Security officers Wednesday morning, as they inspected a vehicle at
a perimeter checkpoint. The 58-year-old homeless man was later
found sleeping onboard a Trans States Airlines CRJ.
Local police called the incident a "hiccup" in airport security,
according to KMOV-4. But airline analyst Mel Burkart said that
doesn't begin to describe it.
"Obviously it was a thoughtless breach of security," said
Burkart. "The potential is there. You know you have an airport like
St. Louis that has hundreds of acres of ground and it has a fence
up all the way around it but it's not monitored and it's not under
total security vigilance day and night."
Airline employees found the man. TSA officials said the incident
made clear the importance of "layered" security -- where airport,
airline, and TSA officials are all watching for signs of something
"We all recognize that these layers are important because no
single layer is 100 percent full proof, 100 percent of the time,"
said TSA spokewoman Carrie Harmon.
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