San Francisco Examiner: Company neglects safety, SFO bag screeners say Baggage screeners at San Francisco International Airport allege that dozens if not hundreds of bags identified by X-ray machines as high-risk bomb threats are loaded onto planes each day without any human inspection in a clear violation of federal rules. The screeners work for Covenant Aviation Security, the company charged with baggage and checkpoint security at SFO. They complain that company managers routinely cover up such security breaches and retaliate against employees who complain too loudly. In interviews conducted over the past year, six company screeners told The San Francisco Examiner that supervisors regularly clear dozens of suspicious bags in rapid succession with no inspection during peak travel times, a practice they say has gone on for years. ... However, whistle-blowers say they don’t recall a single screener being interviewed by the TSA in the agency’s first inquiry. They also were perplexed about how any investigation could fail to spot security breaches they say are documented in daily baggage logs. Whistle-blowers say those documents reveal that between 200 and 400 high-risk bags disappear off the logs most days on their way from baggage screening to baggage inspection, where bags should be manually inspected after screeners or X-ray machines identify them as bomb threats. Instead, bags are put on planes without manual inspection or given another pass through the screening system, which screeners call a breach of security protocols. Screeners had wanted another TSA investigation, but worry that their “smoking gun” — the baggage logs — will soon be lost. SFO is currently upgrading its baggage-screening machines with newer devices that won’t include records of past missteps.