Monday, January 18, 2010

Senator Demands Probe Of Security Breaches

A second security breach at a New York area airport in several weeks has prompted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to demand an investigation into how travelers have been able to wander into passenger terminals without going through security.

The first breach, at Newark International Airport, occurred when a man went through the exit from a terminal while a guard was distracted. The terminal was shut down for seven hours as it was evacuated, searched and then to allow for the re-screening of passengers and workers alike.

The second took place at New York's JFK airport when a man circumvented security by entering a door for airport employees. Again, the terminal had to be evacuated and swept before people were allowed to return through the screening process.

Both airports are run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In both cases, the breaches were benign in that neither person who entered without going through screening were terrorists. But Schumer raises a valid and serious point. What if it were terrorists who followed the same or similar paths into passenger terminals?

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