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Call to Suspend Flights to U.S. after Guards are Filmed Sleeping on the Job (U.K.)
Daily Mail ^ | 3rd June 2007 | MARTIN DELAGO

Posted on 06/03/2007 8:56:55 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Call to suspend flights to U.S. after guards are filmed sleeping on the job

By MARTIN DELAGO

Last updated at 12:41pm on 3rd June 2007

A leading American Congressman has called for flights from one of Britain's biggest airports to New York to be suspended - after guards who should have been checking suitcases for bombs and guns were filmed sleeping or reading newspapers.

Bennie G. Thompson - chairman of the Congress Homeland Security Committee - made the demand after watching secret TV footage from a six-month undercover investigation at Birmingham airport.

He said: "If what I saw is the rule of how passenger security is conducted...the flights should be stopped until we get better trained personnel to do the job required to guarantee the safety of passengers."

Security at the airport is under investigation after the lapses, which include inadequate passenger searches and falsification of paperwork by officials.

There are also claims that planes were left unguarded on the ground and that security personnel were not told about new checking procedures.

One worker is heard boasting about getting a job with an airport security company - despite having a criminal record with convictions for grievous bodily harm and drink-driving.

Female passengers are said to have been allowed to board planes without being frisked because of a shortage of female security officers.

The footage is to be shown in tomorrow's edition of Tonight With Trevor McDonald on ITV1.

Staff responsible for examining X-rays of luggage are seen reading and doing puzzles instead of watching computer screens.

At one point, a female security agent is seen flicking through a newspaper, apparently ignoring an X-ray image of a suitcase passing across the screen in front of her.

A male security supervisor is shown sleeping on a seat near the departure lounge when he should have been carrying out checks on a Continental Airlines flight about to take off for New York.

A conversation between two baggage-checkers has one saying laughingly to a colleague who has failed to look at her screen: "You should have been concentrating."

Colleague: "I was bloody miles away."

First checker: "You're giving our bad habits away here. We don't care now anyway."

A security worker guarding a plane is filmed standing 50 yards from the ramp, talking to a colleague, with his back to the aircraft.

Aviation security expert Chris Yates said: "He is supposed to ensure those in close contact with the aircraft have proper authorisation. Anybody could have interfered with that plane."

Security duties are divided between the airport's own staff and private firms, including ICTS UK, which has 2,000 employees in Britain and Ireland.

Most of the allegations concern workers from ICTS.

In a statement to ITV, the firm said: "We immediately initiated a full investigation.

"Our investigation will continue and reports will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities."

An airport spokesman said: "The allegations relate solely to ICTS.

"We are confident that the actions already taken continue to assure the safety and security of passengers.

"ICTS has highlighted concerns that the material in the programme may have been contrived to exaggerate and sensationalise the issues."

But a spokesman for the programme said: "Our investigation exposes serious security lapses by some ICTS staff which raise concerns of important public interest regarding passenger safety.

"We stand by the integrity of our evidence which speaks for itself.

"This evidence was gathered over a six-month period by a long-standing ICTS employee and by one of our own investigators.

"We researched security procedures thoroughly and this is reflected in the programme."

Continental Airlines said: "The safety and security of our customers and employees is our No1 priority and we would never operate a flight unless we were convinced it was safe."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airlines; airport; airportsecurity; donutwatch; govwatch; homelandsecurity; jihadinamerica; laborunion; laxsecurity; muhammadsminions; nationalsecurity; sleepingonthejob; terrorism; uk; unions; usefulidiots; waronterror; wot
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This article just leave me speechless...
1 posted on 06/03/2007 8:57:04 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket A guard reads a paper instead of checking the X-ray machine
2 posted on 06/03/2007 8:58:15 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket A guard falls asleep at the gate
3 posted on 06/03/2007 8:58:55 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Bad snooze: A security supervisor asleep in the boarding gate area
4 posted on 06/03/2007 8:59:35 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: WKB

MS Ping


5 posted on 06/03/2007 9:01:09 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: DogByte6RER

Do they have a British equivalent to our labor unions? If so, you couldn’t fire that guy. Union workers see sleeping on the job as one of their rights.


6 posted on 06/03/2007 9:01:42 AM PDT by csvset
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow.


7 posted on 06/03/2007 9:01:50 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: petitfour

Mate, this Birmingham is in England, not MS.


8 posted on 06/03/2007 9:02:38 AM PDT by csvset
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To: WKB; wardaddy; WileyPink; jmax; Islander7; 2ndDivisionVet; somniferum; flying Elvis; MagnoliaMS; ...

MS Ping


9 posted on 06/03/2007 9:02:46 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: csvset

Well, duh. But Bennie is MS’s rep. And Birmingham is in Alabama, not Mississippi.


10 posted on 06/03/2007 9:04:19 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: DogByte6RER

Why should they care? From these photos it appears that all the ‘security people’ were immigrants. My guess is that they hired at the lowest pay to save MONEY.


11 posted on 06/03/2007 9:04:35 AM PDT by BigFinn
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To: DogByte6RER

Look on the bright side. At least they’re not doing their shopping from the passengers’ luggage like the TSA does.


13 posted on 06/03/2007 9:08:19 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: csvset
Mate, this Birmingham is in England, not MS.

No doubt...we still sleep on straw & feather beds and everybody knows that people from Mississippi can't read or use the computer!

14 posted on 06/03/2007 9:08:57 AM PDT by WileyPink ("...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6b)
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To: bstein80

ping


15 posted on 06/03/2007 9:17:20 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: csvset
Do they have a British equivalent to our labor unions? If so, you couldn’t fire that guy. Union workers see sleeping on the job as one of their rights.

Those are fighting words, and without merit.
16 posted on 06/03/2007 9:30:14 AM PDT by gas0linealley
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To: DogByte6RER
He said: "If what I saw is the rule of how passenger security is conducted...the flights should be stopped until we get better trained personnel to do the job required to guarantee the safety of passengers."

People in glass houses... As if America's "Homeland Security" (HA!) is any better, in the airports or at the border...

17 posted on 06/03/2007 9:30:15 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: DogByte6RER
I flew from Nashville to Charlotte recently and forgot that I had left my bottle of Bay Rhum in my carry-on. I only remembered after getting through security because in spite of a fluid restriction, no one noticed.
18 posted on 06/03/2007 9:32:37 AM PDT by Live free or die
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To: gas0linealley
Not with the union workers I've seen in action or inaction. Sleeping while on overtime at that. That's a fact.

United Steelworkers of America (Local 8888), Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.

Trust me, I do know what I'm talking about here.

I saw it while I was in the Navy and while I worked at the yard as a contractor.

19 posted on 06/03/2007 9:38:11 AM PDT by csvset
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To: gas0linealley
Those are fighting words, and without merit.

Sure, just look at the booming economy in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and all those other booming northern union towns. I don't know why we can't get auto makers to come to Mississippi and build new multi-million dollar factories. HMMMMMM!

With due respect, Wiley

20 posted on 06/03/2007 9:39:18 AM PDT by WileyPink ("...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6b)
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To: DogByte6RER

hate to tell you...come to NY, either LGA or JFK, and observe some of the brain dead TSA people at work in those airports...


21 posted on 06/03/2007 9:54:27 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: csvset

And you’ve never seen nonunion workers sleeping on the job?


22 posted on 06/03/2007 10:09:51 AM PDT by gas0linealley
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To: gas0linealley
And you’ve never seen nonunion workers sleeping on the job?

They're not talking about non union workers here.

23 posted on 06/03/2007 10:15:13 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: WileyPink

Trying to avoid a union shop is only one of the reasons that plants are being built in Southern States, if at all.

Cheap labor, relatively cheap land, big tax breaks, absence of worker protection mechanisms, easier access to transportation, and lower energy costs are some of the others.

When places like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh where in their heyday they were union manned, and the envy of the world. When the owners decided to spend their capital building more modern factories in foreign countries, and began letting their American plants become obsolete and ill-maintained, then no workers could possibly keep things going, no matter how hard they tried.


24 posted on 06/03/2007 10:27:38 AM PDT by gas0linealley
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To: Puppage

The remark I responded to:

“Do they have a British equivalent to our labor unions? If so, you couldn’t fire that guy. Union workers see sleeping on the job as one of their rights.”


25 posted on 06/03/2007 10:29:53 AM PDT by gas0linealley
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To: csvset

The US has a Birmingham in Alabama, not Mississippi.


26 posted on 06/03/2007 10:50:47 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: gas0linealley
Spin it any way you like. The unions are a relic of the past, thank God!

When the owners decided to spend their capital building more modern factories in foreign countries,

The companies didn't leave the states to modernize their foreign factories. They left because the union workers demanded to be paid $30/hr to turn a wrench. That, my friend, is why the fore mentioned cities are now called, "The Rust Capitol".

I've been to those cities who still use union labor exclusively. It took me 18 hours to get a truck unloaded because of all the breaks and union BS. Not because of the owners. The company I hauled for had to pay an extra $430 just for my detention time due to the laziness of the "Made in the USA" union workers. Finally, their wonderful work and pension plans add approximately $3800 to the cost of a new car. And you want to blame the Owners of the companies? Don't you think that cost is past on to us?

Like I said, spin it as you please while the workers change shifts in Mississippi at the new Toyota and Nissan plants while making a decent and reasonable wage.

27 posted on 06/03/2007 10:57:32 AM PDT by WileyPink ("...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6b)
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To: csvset
Do they have a British equivalent to our labor unions?

Wouldn't need one. It's extremely difficult to get rid of employees in the UK. Conservatively, you'd need 6 months and records after records of "issues" with the follow up counciling.

28 posted on 06/03/2007 10:59:15 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: hdstmf
The US has a Birmingham in Alabama, not Mississippi.

Actually, there is a Birmingham, MS. It's in Lee county on County Road 251 just north of Tupelo, MS. Just FYI

Wiley

29 posted on 06/03/2007 11:03:06 AM PDT by WileyPink ("...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6b)
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To: WileyPink

Did you forget to say: “Please”?


30 posted on 06/03/2007 11:34:15 AM PDT by gas0linealley
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Don’t you just love it when in people’s
haste to make Mississippi and Mississippians
look bad they in the process make themselves look
just a little on the, shall we say “the UNinformed side.
31 posted on 06/03/2007 11:36:26 AM PDT by WKB (ll)
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To: WileyPink
Birmingham is close to Cairo, Corinth, and Jacinto. Rather inventive with the names when the Chickasaw Secession occurred.
32 posted on 06/03/2007 11:39:08 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: God luvs America
....observe some of the brain dead TSA people at work in those airports..

Immediately after 9/11, a good friend - who was over sixty at the time - applied for a job with TSA. The training was extremely arduous both physically and mentally. At the airport where she now works standards are very high. Perhaps it varies from airport to airport.

Those idiots at Birmingham should all be fired and/or charged with public endangerment.

33 posted on 06/03/2007 11:48:58 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: Enterprise

Originally the TSA was to be called the Federal Air Transport Aviation Security Service but it wouldn’t fit on the jackets and when they used the acronym it spelled out F A T A S S.

In the last month I’ve been in 4 different airports and with the exception of Toledo OH, the TSA staff were indolent, arrogant, pimply teenagers entirely worthy of the above acronym.
Creating another unionized federal bureacracy was just another example of Dubya getting rolled by the ‘Rats.


34 posted on 06/03/2007 11:57:48 AM PDT by skepsel
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s government work. What do you expect?

Remember when Tom Daschle and the Dems insisted that airport security be federalized?


35 posted on 06/03/2007 12:04:08 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Malsua

‘Wouldn’t need one. It’s extremely difficult to get rid of employees in the UK. Conservatively, you’d need 6 months and records after records of “issues” with the follow up counciling.’

Really? I run two companies here in England and just fire people if they are breaking their contract or their work is poor. Never had a problem and never councilled them apart form warning them to not let the door hit them in the arse on the way out. I think you are confusing us with France or Germany, where what you say is true.


36 posted on 06/03/2007 12:09:38 PM PDT by britemp
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To: DogByte6RER
The middle class needs to have a Costco Club for air travel.

A private, members-only airline.

37 posted on 06/03/2007 12:29:35 PM PDT by happygrl (Dunderhead for HONOR)
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To: hdstmf

> The US has a Birmingham in Alabama, not Mississippi <

Yes, but:

The Birmingham AL area was SUPPOSED to have been part of Mississippi.

Then in 1817, the U. S. Congress arbitrarily and capriciously cut “Alabama” out of Mississippi’s eastern lands.

(Some say ‘twas a gross injustice to the Magnolia State!)


38 posted on 06/03/2007 12:48:46 PM PDT by Hawthorn (duncanforprez + fredforveep = Hunter Thompson!)
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To: gas0linealley

“And you’ve never seen nonunion workers sleeping on the job?”

LOL

It didn’t take you long to switch from ‘them’s fighting words,’ to ‘yeah, but everyone else does it.’


39 posted on 06/03/2007 12:52:03 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: Churchillspirit

training is one thing- actually doing the job is another...the NY airports I’ve mentioned lack compared to other airports I’ve flown to (MCO, Mobile, Ala)...


40 posted on 06/03/2007 1:36:34 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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Actually, there is a Birmingham, MS. It's in Lee county on County Road 251 just north of Tupelo, MS. Just FYI

Yes, there is.

41 posted on 06/03/2007 2:16:21 PM PDT by csvset
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To: gcruse; gas0linealley

See, the thing is, a non-union worker would be fired. Not always the case with union workers.


42 posted on 06/03/2007 2:18:54 PM PDT by csvset
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To: britemp
Really? I run two companies here in England and just fire people if they are breaking their contract or their work is poor

We have somewhere north of 400 employees in Slough. When we decided to consolidate some functions in the US, we had to file a notice of intent 6 months ahead of time. We also had a number of problem employees that took over a year to fire for bad performance.

43 posted on 06/03/2007 2:23:38 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: csvset

Exactly - better training won’t make any difference.


44 posted on 06/03/2007 2:36:46 PM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: csvset

lol

My hubby and children have gotten a big laugh out of this today. Really. Thanks!

It’s good to know that you were referring to the Birmingham in Mississippi. ROFLOL


45 posted on 06/03/2007 4:45:40 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

Yes, the one that doesn’t exist. You did say that, didn’t you?


46 posted on 06/03/2007 4:52:36 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

I’m a union member and I do my best to give my employers the work that they expect and what they are paying me to do. I see the same attitude in the men and women I work with.

Sometimes, through no fault of mine, or anyone else’s, there is nothing for me to do. I look for things to keep busy. I’m not always successful at finding them. I may nod off, especially when I’m on a twelve hour night shift.

If you haven’t had that experience, then you’re not qualified to judge me.


47 posted on 06/03/2007 9:03:13 PM PDT by gas0linealley
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To: csvset

I’m still laughing about this story. We all know that you were talking about the Birmingham in Alabama. You didn’t know of a Birmingham, MS, until someone pointed it out. lol

The one in MS is but a spot on the map. Big time.


48 posted on 06/04/2007 12:35:46 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: gas0linealley
If you haven’t had that experience, then you’re not qualified to judge me.

I Didn't say a word about you pal. I did cite my experience.

49 posted on 06/04/2007 3:48:53 AM PDT by csvset
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To: petitfour

Reread the posts hon. Slowly if it helps.


50 posted on 06/04/2007 3:51:44 AM PDT by csvset
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