Airline, Airport Employees Caught Abusing Security Badges

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigation...Caught-Abusing-Security-Badges-205288061.html

    An exclusive NBC 5 investigation uncovered police reports showing workers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport abusing their security badges, even using them to help family and friends skip the checkpoints to board flights.

    Government officials and a top airline executive were among those caught.
    "Sometimes, unfortunately, humans do some really stupid things," said airport security consultant, Larry Wansley.

    At DFW, thousands of employees have Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) badges. But SIDA badges can only be used by employees that are on-duty and they're not allowed to take anyone else through the door with them.

    “You sign a piece of paper when you get your badge that says I have read and understand the rules,” said DFW Airport spokesman, David Magana.

    Read More: http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigation...Caught-Abusing-Security-Badges-205288061.html
     
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    The USA is one of very few places where airline and airport staff are not subjected to full screening before entering a "sterile" area, in contravention of ACI and ICAO "recommendations" (NOT however in contravention of published "standards"). It also seems to take violation of the already lax standards rather complacently. In many parts of the world, bypassing security checks like described in the article would have the perpetrator serving jail time.
     
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    It's only a matter of time before an "inside job" happens. Worst part, when it does, it'll be us passengers that will feel the pain through more thorough screenings (as if they're not already).
     
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    An "inside job" doesn't even need to have the knowledge of the person who gets the contraband through security. With the lax attention to procedures that this illustrates, it is not particularly difficult to use a staff member as an unwitting courier to get contraband across the sterile area boundary. Background checks can only counter malafide intent, not ignorance.
     
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