Only three US air­ports re­quire em­ploy­ees to go through se­cu­rity check


The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA) ad­min­is­tra­tor Robert Nef­fenger ad­mit­ted re­cently that only three US air­ports re­quire em­ploy­ees to go through a se­cu­rity check be­fore en­ter­ing ‘se­cured’ ar­eas of the air­port. Nef­fenger made the con­fes­sion to law­mak­ers at a Se­nate Com­merce Com­mit­tee hear­ing on TSA se­cu­rity.

At­lanta, Mi­ami and Or­lando’s air­ports are the only three to re­quire em­ployee se­cu­rity screen­ings, Ju­di­cial Watch said. Se­na­tors reached a deal to bol­ster travel se­cu­rity in the wake of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Brus­sels, with mea­sures that in­clude dou­bling the num­ber of TSA se­cu­rity teams with bomb-sniff­ing dogs at do­mes­tic air­ports. Other mea­sures would also bol­ster the vet­ting of air­port em­ploy­ees and add se­cu­rity to bag­gage claim ar­eas.

Nef­fenger’s ad­mis­sion comes on the heels of sev­eral in­ci­dents in­volv­ing gun and drug-smug­gling op­er­a­tions by air­line em­ploy­ees at ma­jor air­ports, in­clud­ing air­ports in At­lanta, New York and San Fran­cisco. In March, it was re­ported that in 2015, the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity had iden­ti­fied over 70 em­ploy­ees at nearly 40 air­ports across the coun­try who have been flagged for pos­si­ble ties to ter­ror­ism. How­ever, TSA of­fi­cials have said those em­ploy­ees are not nec­es­sar­ily in­volved in ter­ror­ism.

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