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DFW Security Checkpoint Left Unattended for 90 Minutes (1 day after bombing attempt)
NBC ^ | 12/31/09 | GRANT STINCHFIELD

Posted on 01/01/2010 7:00:08 AM PST by mylife

DFW Security Checkpoint Left Unattended for 90 Minutes Agency suspends 3 agents, calls incident "serious and unacceptable" By GRANT STINCHFIELD Updated 8:05 PM CST, Thu, Dec 31, 2009

The Transportation Security Administration has launched an internal investigation after a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was left unattended and unsecured for 90 minutes earlier this month.

Three agents have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

The agency said the agents left the checkpoint at Gate E8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 16. Personnel from the airport's Department of Public Safety discovered the gate was not secure during a routine patrol, the TSA said.

TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley called it a "serious and unacceptable security failure."

"An immediate review of closed-circuit television tapes verified that no passengers or items entered the sterile area while the gate was unsecure," the TSA said in a statement.

But Dallas-based aviation security expert Denny Kelly said an hour and a half is too long. It could have put thousands of travelers at risk, he said.

"When you leave a gate like that open, they can go anywhere they want all over the world and never have to be checked again," he said.

Denny said the airport should have been emptied and rescreened passengers.

"They want to talk about our security, how good it is, but it's not good," Kelly said.

McCauley said the TSA is focused ensuring the lapse in security never happens again.

The TSA's complete statement on the incident:

On Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at the conclusion of screening operations at DFW, the "E8" checkpoint gate was not appropriately secured. Personnel from the DFW Department of Public Safety (DPS) discovered the unsecured gate during a routine patrol of the area. DPS promptly contacted TSA, at which time officers responded and properly secured the gate. An immediate review of closed circuit television tapes verified that no passengers or items entered the sterile area while the gate was unsecure.

TSA finds this unacceptable and has moved swiftly to conduct a complete investigation and take all appropriate corrective action.

First Published: Dec 31, 2009 4:53 PM CST


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: airportsecurity; dfw; security; securitybreach; tsa
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One day after the failed airline bombing!
1 posted on 01/01/2010 7:00:09 AM PST by mylife
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CC video at the link


2 posted on 01/01/2010 7:00:50 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: mylife

Which one? I thought the Detroit flight was Christmas day?


3 posted on 01/01/2010 7:01:24 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: mylife

Cant we just kill them before they get to the airport. Once there it is unlikely they will be caught, just saying.


4 posted on 01/01/2010 7:01:30 AM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: mylife

Stunning. And yet the TSA goes after bloggers reporting on the TSA rule book—released by the TSA. Is this what the Mad Hatter (Alice Through the Looking-glass) would look like if he ran a country’s security?


5 posted on 01/01/2010 7:03:58 AM PST by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: 1rudeboy

Oh Gosh! I should have proof read the article.

This morning on WBAB in Dallas they reported that the incident occurred 12/26/09


6 posted on 01/01/2010 7:04:30 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: mylife

I was once walking back across the border from Palomas, Mexico, and the US border post was unattended. I stopped in the building on the US side, waited for a while, yelled for someone, then gave up and went to my car in the border parking lot. It was odd.


7 posted on 01/01/2010 7:05:35 AM PST by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: mylife

I’m sure that unionizing the TSA will solve this problem


8 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:00 AM PST by TiredofItalltoo (what don't you get?)
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To: mylife

How could the guards leave their post without signing in the replacements? That means the guards don’t give a sh!t about professionalism and are probably protected by a union from any corrective action or firing. They should be immediately and summarily dismissed and never hired again anywhere. As should their supervisors for failing to train them properly.


9 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:15 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mylife

And the dims want to unionize the TSA. Then they could never be punished.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:26 AM PST by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: mylife

WBAP

Sheesh


11 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:31 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: mylife

“Dallas-based aviation security expert Denny Kelly said an hour and a half is too long”

How about ONE SECOND is too long


12 posted on 01/01/2010 7:07:55 AM PST by TiredofItalltoo (what don't you get?)
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To: thesharkboy
"...the US border post was unattended."

Probably a large scheduled shipment was coming through.

13 posted on 01/01/2010 7:08:06 AM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: MizSterious

Every day in this country is getting to be like a Mad Hatter day...


14 posted on 01/01/2010 7:08:52 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: thesharkboy

Was it siesta time?


15 posted on 01/01/2010 7:08:55 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: mylife

16 posted on 01/01/2010 7:09:31 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: mylife

I can hear it now... Those historic words of Tom Daschle regarding airport security:

“We don’t professionalize until we Federalize”


17 posted on 01/01/2010 7:09:31 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: mylife

Could have would have should have. Ho hum is all I can say for that lapse.

Come on folks, what is needed is profiling for al Qaida terrorists.


18 posted on 01/01/2010 7:09:49 AM PST by valkyry1
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

How much professionalism do you expect for $25k a year?


19 posted on 01/01/2010 7:10:18 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mylife

The “system” obviously worked, since no one got past the checkpoint. By Stupid Napolitano logic...


20 posted on 01/01/2010 7:10:57 AM PST by bigbob
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To: mylife

This shows that DeMint is right in opposing the TSA head nominee - can you imagine the government trying to fire these cretins if they were unionized?


21 posted on 01/01/2010 7:10:59 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: TiredofItalltoo

Hey..
They had a valid excuse.
The Cinnibon place was in another terminal.


22 posted on 01/01/2010 7:11:06 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: mylife

What difference does it make? So the TSA missed a few 80 year old, blue haired ladies with their cavity searches. Big deal.


23 posted on 01/01/2010 7:11:57 AM PST by albie
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To: TiredofItalltoo

IMO it doesn’t really matter. The security checkpoints are a joke. The terrorists can blow up a plane anytime they want. Thats assuming they can get their detonators to work properly.

The only way to stop these bombings is to kill them before they get to the airport.

Grandma, the 3 year old, the vet with a steel rod in his leg are not going to bomb the airplane.


24 posted on 01/01/2010 7:12:51 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mylife
Was it siesta time?

Yeah, I guess it was the middle of the afternoon.

25 posted on 01/01/2010 7:12:52 AM PST by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: mylife
Three agents have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

That's the least the TSA should do.

However, if union-lover Erroll G. Southers is able to overcome some difficulties and becomes TSA chief, punishment like this will be promptly dumped. You don't suspend union goons.

26 posted on 01/01/2010 7:15:47 AM PST by upchuck (The cesspools MUST be pumped out when we go to the polls in November, 2010. No more RINOS!)
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To: TiredofItalltoo
I’m sure that unionizing the TSA will solve this problem

Absolutely! The poor dears were only off for a well-deserved coffee break -- and such a short one, too!

27 posted on 01/01/2010 7:16:34 AM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: GoCards
Cant we just kill them before they get to the airport. Once there it is unlikely they will be caught, just saying.

Best security idea I have heard in a long time.

28 posted on 01/01/2010 7:22:23 AM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: GnuHere
"Every day in this country is getting to be like a Mad Hatter day..."
29 posted on 01/01/2010 7:23:04 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: driftdiver
Just what is your point?

Are you saying no one who makes less than a certain amount can be expected to do any job properly?

Or are you saying all people who make less than $12.50 an hour are lazy and don't care,don't really work?

Or are you just a darn jerk?

I am incensed on behalf of all Americans who go work hard at various jobs all across the nation and yet don't receive pay of $12.50 per hour.

There are tens of millions working every day for anything from the minimum wage to $25K.

What is the real crime is so many who do so little ,in private or government positions, take home enormous salaries and benefits.

30 posted on 01/01/2010 7:27:48 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

Sheesh settle down.

The TSA tends to hire low experienced people because they don’t pay well.

How many people WANT a job where all they do is sit there and deal with tired cranky people?


31 posted on 01/01/2010 7:32:59 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mylife

OH NO!!!
NOT a dreaded SUSPENSION!
Not the same kind of punishment handed out in Middle School!
That’s just TOO MUCH!

the security of our Nation is now in the hands of children


32 posted on 01/01/2010 7:37:40 AM PST by mreerm
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To: driftdiver

Perhaps following Rule #1 — do not leave your post until you’ve checked in your replacement? Is that really too much to ask?


33 posted on 01/01/2010 7:42:23 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mylife

I guess it was break time !

You get what you pay for, if you’re lucky.


34 posted on 01/01/2010 7:46:39 AM PST by 1066AD
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To: mylife

Dey shiff was ober, so dey leff.


35 posted on 01/01/2010 7:53:39 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan

At DFW it is more likely they left for an EID celebration


36 posted on 01/01/2010 7:55:28 AM PST by mylife (Obama is a fine orator, and Janet Napalitano is cunning linguist)
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To: KeyLargo

LOL - I think that’s what China, Russia, Iran, NK, etc. see when they look at our country.


37 posted on 01/01/2010 8:01:12 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: mylife

All TSA employees should take a permanent vacation aka fired. It’s one big taxpayer waste.


38 posted on 01/01/2010 8:03:01 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: driftdiver

But Hoosierham has a point. Millions of Americans work low paying jobs and give it their best effort. I personally couldn’t imagine working any job and giving it less than my best effort no matter what it paid. Once that priniciple has been lost then no matter how much money you are paid it won’t guarantee good performance. People who slack off because “this job doesn’t pay me enough to do ____” are not worth a penny of what they are earning. Work ethic can’t be purchased by the employer at any price.


39 posted on 01/01/2010 8:03:41 AM PST by carmody
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To: mylife

If they were unionized this would not have happened

sarc


40 posted on 01/01/2010 8:03:48 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks were invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: KeyLargo

41 posted on 01/01/2010 8:03:58 AM PST by Zakeet (America needs ObamaCare like Helen Thomas needs a Halloween mask)
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To: mylife

Yes, by all means, let’s unionize these retards! /s


42 posted on 01/01/2010 8:12:51 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Zakeet

That guy will be searched, he did not remove his shoes! /s


43 posted on 01/01/2010 8:23:56 AM PST by rawhide
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To: mylife

Napolitano: "The system worked!"


44 posted on 01/01/2010 8:27:49 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: VRWC For Truth; B-Chan
I agree with your comment. After wasting billions of dollars, we still have a lack of results from that group.

B-Chan, that comment brought a smile ;)

45 posted on 01/01/2010 8:29:08 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: carmody
But Hoosierham has a point. Millions of Americans work low paying jobs and give it their best effort. I personally couldn’t imagine working any job and giving it less than my best effort no matter what it paid. Once that priniciple has been lost then no matter how much money you are paid it won’t guarantee good performance. People who slack off because “this job doesn’t pay me enough to do ____” are not worth a penny of what they are earning. Work ethic can’t be purchased by the employer at any price.

There are plenty of professionals in my age group that are working for lower pay than we ever expected. I accepted the offer they gave me, primarily because I was looking to get my foot in the door.

Give me steady work over drawing unemployment any day of the week.

46 posted on 01/01/2010 8:38:02 AM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Don’t ya know, they gotsta watch their Oprah hour , it’s right there in the Union contract.... SARCASM


47 posted on 01/01/2010 8:44:17 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: carmody

I have plenty of high paid people who’ve worked for that were lazy.

The point is taken. Perhaps I should have commented on the high performers typically attracted to this type of govt job.


48 posted on 01/01/2010 8:48:19 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mylife

DFW DPS told TSA E8 = 0.

“Hey, man! I thought we’s sposed to have an hour n half break evry day!”


49 posted on 01/01/2010 8:50:27 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Perhaps following Rule #1 — do not leave your post until you’ve checked in your replacement? Is that really too much to ask?

Probably not a full-time checkpoint. Terminal E is for the airlines that American hasn't completely squeezed out of DFW yet. Most of them just run a few flights a day into one of their hubs. (10 or so gates have been shut down completely, with the air bridges removed) No flights departing from that area, and the checkpoint may be shut down for a while. Delta, Airtran, Northwest and I think Alaska are in the middle. Continental is in that area, and United is next to them at the end. So if neither Continental nor United had anything going out for a while, it'd make sense to shut it down instead of paying folk to stand around and chat.

50 posted on 01/01/2010 8:50:54 AM PST by PAR35
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