TSA let man board flight without going through security

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  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/plane_idiots_security_check_man_kBEAMXA6qWNFu3BtQwJcWM

    Blundering TSA workers let a Kennedy Airport ramp worker board a flight to Florida without a boarding pass and without being screened in an astonishing breach of aviation security, law enforcement sources told The Post.
    Marcelino Aponte, 31, had a reservation on Delta Flight 2159 from Kennedy to Orlando last night.
    But Aponte had no boarding pass and no proper ID, and Transportation Security Administration screeners turned him away at a security barrier.
    So Aponte — a Delta employee — used his special work ID to make his way to the plane via the airport’s secure areas, said law enforcement sources.
    A security guard and another witness watched as Aponte tried to pass through a secure doorway in Delta’s Terminal 2. They noted that Aponte was carrying a small Louis Vuitton duffel bag with him.
    Moments later, a TSA agent watched as Aponte tried to cleared another door, by swiping his airport work ID and then entering a PIN number onto a keypad.
    Somehow, the agent lost track of Aponte.
    And TSA officials waited until 45 minutes after Aponte’s security breach to call Port Authority cops.
    Police were finally alerted at 7:20 p.m. — 18 minutes before his flight was scheduled to take off.
    It wasn’t enough time for cops to locate the suspect. The next thing anyone knew, the Orlando-bound Boeing 737 had left the airport with Aponte strapped in to seat 3B.
    Aponte never cleared airport metal detectors, and his hand baggage was never searched, said sources.
    Aponte, a Bronx resident, was detained when he arrived in Orlando 2 ¹/₂ hours later. He was due to return to La Guardia Airport this afternoon on another Delta flight.
    He’ll be charged in Brooklyn federal court on misdemeanor counts related to violating airport security rules, said sources.
    Police sources said Aponte’s airport ID — called a Secure Identification Display Area badge — will be revoked.
    “Here’s an airport worker who took advantage of his knowledge and his ability to use it to subvert airport security, so he could thwart screening for himself and the baggage he was carrying,” said a law enforcement official.
    The TSA has not yet responded to a request for comment.
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Must've been distracted by a cupcake or something.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA screener playing cop looses the suspect. Why wasn't an alarm raised right away? I'm sure TSA will claim that proper procedures were followed.:td:
     
  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Good heavens! As I stated someplace else, they just can't get out of their own way, can they?

    It warms the soul.
     
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  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA redefines incompetence.
     
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  6. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    So apparently DL employees in JFK need something more than a SIDA (what he swiped at the door) and his airline ID (shown at the gate to non rev) to get past the Trained Document Checker?

    I'm surprised there were no other Medallions on the UG list.
     
  7. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    the Port Authority issued a citation against TSA for failure to report the incident to them. They hate TSA.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9053758
     
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  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    TSA: When a regular idiot just won't do.
     
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  9. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    What? No terminal dump for this but they'll dump the terminal all the other times for.....:rolleyes:
     
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    The best thing is, after he was turned away for a lack of ID and boarding pass, they watched him slip through the airport’s secure area with his badge (he’s a Delta employee) yet waited 45 minutes to call Port Authority Cops.​
    This isn’t to say I think we’re necessarily in danger from behavior like this or that the TSA’s job is anything more than a security puppet show.​
    From the New York Post, Philip Messing and Bill Sanderson write:​
    Marcelino Aponte, 31, had a reservation on Delta Flight 2159 from Kennedy to Orlando last night.​
    But Aponte had no boarding pass and no proper ID, and Transportation Security Administration screeners turned him away at a security barrier.​
    So Aponte — a Delta employee — used his special work ID to make his way to the plane via the airport’s secure areas, said law enforcement sources.​
    A security guard and another witness watched as Aponte tried to pass through a secure doorway in Delta’s Terminal 2. They noted that Aponte was carrying a small Louis Vuitton duffel bag with him.​
    Moments later, a TSA agent watched as Aponte tried to cleared another door, by swiping his airport work ID and then entering a PIN number onto a keypad.​
    Somehow, the agent lost track of Aponte.
    And TSA officials waited until 45 minutes after Aponte’s security breach to call Port Authority cops.​
    Police were finally alerted at 7:20 p.m. — 18 minutes before his flight was scheduled to take off.​
    It wasn’t enough time for cops to locate the suspect. The next thing anyone knew, the Orlando-bound Boeing 737 had left the airport with Aponte strapped in to seat 3B.​
    Aponte never cleared airport metal detectors, and his hand baggage was never searched, said sources.​
    Cops picked him up when his plane got to Orlando — two and a half hours later. The kicker is that Aponte, not any TSA agents, will be charged in federal court. Aponte gamed the system but didn’t harm or endanger anyone. The blundering TSA, on the other hand, gets off scot-free.​
    And what does the TSA have to say about this latest breach? No comment.​
    Perhaps Blogger Bob will weigh in at some point and bless us with his wisdom.​
    (Photo: courtesy of your tax dollars)
     
  11. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    My garden has enough fertilizer, thanks.
     
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  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Oh wait, how silly of me!
    The BDOs must've clear this guy through! (in their minds)
    Duh!
     

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