Airline, Airport Employees Caught Abusing Security Badges [DFW]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    NBC DFW: Airline, Airport Employees Caught Abusing Security Badges: Badges seized by DFW Airport police

    An exclusive NBC 5 investigation uncovered police reports showing workers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport abusing their security badges, even using them to help family and friends skip the checkpoints to board flights. Government officials and a top airline executive were among those caught.

    The executive:

    Just three weeks ago, DFW police seized a badge belonging to the Fred Cleveland, a senior vice president and chief operating officer at American Eagle Airlines. A report obtained by NBC 5 Investigates said officers caught Cleveland "escorting his wife through the employee portal to meet with his daughter who was flying in." A spokeswoman for American Eagle said "Mr. Cleveland has a full understanding of what the rule is and will complete re-training to get his badge back. He does regret the error."

    Quis custodes ipsos custodes?

    It's not just airline workers breaking rules.
    • DFW police caught a TSA supervisor taking another worker through an employee door.
    • Officers seized a badge from a Federal Aviation Administration manager caught using it to board a flight for personal reasons.
    • And police even stopped an analyst who works for the DFW airport board, the agency that issues the security badges, as she escorted her husband through an employee door to board a flight.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I watched this story on the local news last evening. The video had numerous examples of SIDA holders entering with all manner of backpacks, bags, and other large items and not one word about that. The next attack against aviation will be an insider.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Pedicabo custodes, qui ipsos custodes
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    NBC5, but they only focused on one thing where the real risk is readily apparent if one only observes and engages their brain.
  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Internal security is not even an after thought. To hard, to expensive and on and on when the real truth is real security is just not convienent.
  7. TSA News Blog

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    Here’s another story about behind-the-scenes airport workers using their badges to bypass security when they’re not on duty (a lot of them also bypass security when they are on duty, but that’s another story).​
    These employees don’t want to go through the security hassles that the rest of us peons have to go through. Whodathunkit?​
    An exclusive NBC 5 investigation uncovered police reports showing workers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport abusing their security badges, even using them to help family and friends skip the checkpoints to board flights.​
    Government officials and a top airline executive were among those caught.​
    “Sometimes, unfortunately, humans do some really stupid things,” said airport security consultant, Larry Wansley.​
    At DFW, thousands of employees have Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) badges. But SIDA badges can only be used by employees that are on-duty and they’re not allowed to take anyone else through the door with them.​
    . . . Out of more than 140 confirmed security violations in two years – at least 106 were linked to badge holding employees and vendors.​
    As several writers and commenters have pointed out here over the years, while you’re getting your privates groped, lots of unchecked people have access to the so-called “sterile” area. How sterile do you think it really is? Read this article to find out.​
    Then read this one from a few months ago that points out the same thing.​
    “It is not just a local problem, it is definitely a national security problem,” said another employee.​
    Both of these airport employees have worked at DFW for decades. They did not want their faces shown for fear of retaliation.​
    They say the airport security policy has changed and it is putting the public at risk.​
    . . . For decades, employees said they have been required to challenge anyone who looks suspicious. The Transportation Security Administration or TSA even baits employees to test them to ensure they are being observant. But employees say not anymore.​
    “We are told to leave them alone, back off, don’t question them,” said an employee. “These people don’t even have legal badges to open a portal door and get on a jet bridge and they are out working on those planes.”​
    “No one seems to be doing anything except allowing them to carry on,” said another employee.​
    . . . Fox 4 contacted the DFW Airport Administration and the TSA. No one is commenting.​
    Look, obviously I don’t think most — or any — of these workers are Terrorists In Waiting, anymore than I think passengers are. But if we have to submit to “security,” then why don’t the people behind the scenes? Fair’s fair.​
    (Photo courtesy of this place)
  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    IIRC, you told us that many times you have observed this type of activity at DFW. Is my memory correct on that, RB?
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Mainly I have written about what these employees bring in without inspection. Large (2 liter) bottles of beverages, roll-aboards (why does a ground worker need a suitcase?), and backpacks to name a few things plus the complete lack of screening as these people stream in through the employee doors. I could not see the SIDA swipe device, I was on the secure side, so don't know if they were piggy backing or not but the way they came through I would suspect they were.

    No matter, airport employee security at DFW is a joke. More correctly there is NO Employee Security at DFW.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Can you suggest a better way to move drugs to their dealers & iPads to their fences?

    I thought gold was precious? After all, this is the "gold standard" that has terrorists quaking in their boots.
  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would suggest that TSA can't tell pyrite from gold.
  12. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    The exact thing happens at ATL, and I believe at PHL to an extent, as well.
  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Nor $hi+ from Shinola.

    Nor their collective (expletive deleted) from their collective elbow.

    I would go so far as to suggest that the average TSA employee couldn't find their own (expletive deleted) with both hands, a flashlight, a gastroscope, and the assistance of a professional board-certified proctologist who enjoys spelunking on the weekends.

    (I did say average. There appear to be a number of personnel "working" for the TSA who're much smarter than that, but within the ranks of the TSA there is a direct inverse relationship between intelligence and ethics. They may be so stupid that they think "working" for the TSA is actually useful, or they may be smart enough to know that it's all theatrics and choose to "work" for the TSA for the opportunities presented to steal from and bully the general public.)
  14. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Was happening at Seatac also at least a few years ago when local news did an investigation.
  15. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Not so sure about not being able to find their (expletive deleted) with both hands. I have seen way to many TSA clerks with beams challenging those of battleships.
  16. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Regardless of size, their normal state is "rectocranially impacted." Hard to find it from the inside.
  17. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    TSA takes polishing a (expletive deleted) and putting lipstick on a pig to an art form.

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