Thursday, January 7, 2010

I understand security, but this is ridiculous

Have you heard about this yet?

The video of Sunday's incident showed that a federal officer at the airport left his post shortly before the man walked by the same spot and into a secure area.

The video was released by a U.S. senator amid rising concerns over aviation security threats after an attempted bombing aboard a December 25 U.S.-bound flight.

Earlier in the silent video, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer is seen apparently asking the same man to move away from the security cordons that guide arriving passengers out of the secure area and into the concourse.

The video shows the TSA officer leaving his desk and walking toward the airport concourse.

The man then slipped underneath a security cordon, met a departing female passenger who had already passed through a security checkpoint, and gave her what appeared to be a goodbye kiss, the video showed. The man and woman, who remain unidentified, walked off screen hand-in-hand.

The TSA officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, returned moments later.

The breach at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of three major airports serving the New York City area, rattled security officials and the airline industry because it came so soon after the botched Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner.

"It is unacceptable that the Port Authority (the agency in charge of the airport) took so long to produce this tape, but now that it is public we have a better chance of getting to the bottom of this major security incident," Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, who released the video, said in a statement.

The video can be viewed on the Internet here

The security scare closed the airport for hours and prompted authorities to force thousands of passengers to go through security screening again.

One of the planes hijacked in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States took off from the Newark airport. That flight crashed into a Pennsylvania field after passengers confronted the hijackers.

Authorities shut down a California airport on Tuesday after a suspicious amber liquid in a passenger's bag tested positive for explosives -- only to determine that the substance was merely a harmless container of honey.

Isn't that insane? Sure, security is important and all, but this is insane. How is a kiss a matter of national security?

Yeah, they were wrong for crossing over that barrier thingy, but honestly, what harm can one kiss do? It's like last night on Nip/Tuck, Shawn the Mile High Club. *ahem* Then, the air marshal jumped out of his seat and nearly busted down the door and threatened to handcuff him to the seat after he got them out of the bathroom, like he was some sort of common criminal. Ridiculous!

I may be alone on this, but there needs to be a line drawn between national security and common sense.


The Hawg! said...

Well, the problem here is the federal government doesn't put a whole lot of stock in common sense. It seems they've been good about taking Play Dough from a kid and all but strip searching an infant, but the feds managed to let a fellow on a few watch lists wander onto an airplane with a bomb.

sexylegsandbody said...

Interesting point!!
Thanks for sharing with us!

Thanks also for leaving a thought on my last post, great to see you back!

Have a super weekend!

Mystery Man said...

Hawg- yeah, play doh is so dangerous, y'know?

Colin- glad you thoguht so