Skip to comments.SFO pilot exposes airport security flaws [In trouble with TSA]
Posted on 12/23/2010 7:00:22 AM PST by Daffynition
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KGO) -- An airline pilot's behind-the-scenes video tour of the San Francisco International Airport has landed him in trouble. At issue is airport security; specifically, the lack of security screening for airport employees. The pilot captured it all on cell phone video, then posted it on YouTube.
While tens of thousands of people go through security check points everyday at SFO, thousands of airport employees are allowed to skip it. It's an issue that bothers an airline pilot so much, he took his cell phone camera and videoed an airport worker.
"Well, folks, I just wanted to give you an idea of what type of security for the ground personnel there is. This is their screening. As you can see, there's only a card slide and one door," says the pilot on the video. "So when you see a cart, those carts aren't screened at all."
The pilot doesn't want his name released or airline identified, but he does want this information to go public. So he posted the video on YouTube.
"And right here's a sign, 'Think security.' Well, I don't think there's much security here," says the pilot on the video.
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My ex-girlfriend was a flight attendant for United. She knows that a terrorist could wait in the employee parking lot, bonk someone on the head, steal their ID badge, and use the company gate to gain entry to the airport, including the tarmac. Despite billions of dollars, anyone who thinks the current security measures have made them more safe is an idiot. All it’s done is make it a hassle to fly and make the cost of flying more expensive.
Hey Janet Dumbanapalitano, Why did a catering crew just leave a KNIFE in the first class cabin section of a Delta flight???
At most airports, airport employee’s, including those that have access to the aircraft do not go through security coming to work.
We’re just *frogs in a pot* and we’ve become desensitized to this nonsense.
Kudos to this captain.
There are three disturbing things about this incident (and probably many more): 1 - Security at airports is a joke. 2 - Government (big brother) is getting more Gestapo-like. 3 - More proof that a government who wants to control your health care can’t even come up with effective security at airports.
"Abel Nur, a Guyanese national, was charged in an international plot to blow up fuel lines at JFK Airport. This of course would not be considered an act of war by the current administration. The mastermind of this jihad plot, Nur was a cargo handler at JFK Airport. No one would dream of preventing Muslims from taking such sensitive jobs around airplanes, or even questioning them about their beliefs and loyalties before hiring them. That would be "Islamophobic," and who cares if one of these jihad plots ultimately succeeds? The main enemy for most people is the administrations fear of appearing to be bigots. That, not jihad terrorism, must be avoided above all things." http://www.examiner.com/statehouse-in-santa-ana/attention-muslim-baggage-handlers
Of course the captain can expect help from the ACLU.
All it takes is a low-paid employee with access to sensitive areas. The employee lets his friend in to the area, and that’s all it takes. The employee doesn’t care what you do to him, it’s all for the greater glory of his imagined “god.”
There are a low of those low-paid employees who believe in some “god” that tells them to kill innocent people. And they get jobs before normal people, thanks to “diversity.”
I’m wondering what kind of hassle this TV station will be enduring from the FCC for posting the video. Their actions are courageous too.
I never understood why the pilots get security screened. I mean, if they intended to do harm, THEY’D JUST USE THE FRIKEN’ PLANE!
I think this gentleman is correct. Ground crews and support staff are the most vulnerable and likely means of terrorist infiltration.
Shine a light on the incompetency of those that are supposed to be ensuring the safety of the flying public.
She just didn't realize we were going to see and report on her incompetent goons.
Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to KXTV.
At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot's gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
A follow-up letter from the sheriff's department said the CCW permit would be re-evaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.
The Second Amendment only seems to function these days in certain rural areas with sympathetic local law enforcement. Everywhere else, it has been superseded by liberal politicians’ and bureaucrats’ emotional whims.
His pilot’s union (or whatever association he belongs to) should make clear their support for him in some way.