Letter: Airport employees are not beyond temptation

Regarding "IG: TSA needs better ways to catch criminals."

This gap in security is present at the majority of airports in the United States.

The Comair employees used a baggage claim device to get the contraband into the secure area without the TSA being aware.

The fallacy exists that all airport employees are beyond the temptation to make a buck doing something illegal. Those guys are retired and are being replaced by entry level employees whose loyalty is determined by the size of their paycheck. The majority of these new employees are a few weeks away from their old jobs, which required them to ask, "Do you want french fries with that hamburger?"

The gap is being addressed but we are a reactive society. It took 13 years and the 2001 terrorist attacks to highlight a situation that occurred over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Anonymous

What do you think? Paste a comment in the box below (registration required), or send your comment to [email protected] (subject line: Blog comment) and we'll post it.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

  • IT Modernization
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    VA plans 'strategic review' of $16B software program

    New Veterans Affairs chief Denis McDonough announced a "strategic review" of the agency's Electronic Health Record Modernization program of up to 12 weeks.

Stay Connected