At­lanta air­port tight­ens se­cu­rity after gun-smug­gling


At­lanta’s air­port said it was tight­en­ing se­cu­rity fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that two men with ties to Delta Air Lines smug­gled more than 130 firearms from Ge­or­gia to New York over the course of eight months last year. The At­lanta In­ter­na­tional Air­port said it has ex­panded “ran­dom in­spec­tions” and in­creased its po­lice pres­ence. Six new of­fi­cers re­cently started work at the air­port, though their po­si­tions were bud­geted be­fore last month’s gun-smug­gling bust.

Rev­e­la­tions about the gun-smug­gling in­ves­ti­ga­tion in At­lanta have drawn sharp re­ac­tions from US Se­na­tor Charles Schumer of New York and Brook­lyn Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ken Thomp­son. Schumer called on the Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­quire air­ports na­tion­wide to phys­i­cally screen air­line and air­port em­ploy­ees be­fore they en­ter se­cured ar­eas.

“When guns, drugs, and even ex­plo­sives are as easy to carry on board a plane as a neck pil­low, then we have to se­ri­ously — and im­me­di­ately — over­haul our air­port se­cu­rity prac­tices,” Schumer said in a state­ment. “In this day and age of ter­ror­ism, ram­pant drug deal­ing and gun smug­gling, we just can’t be too care­ful.”

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