The airport is turning on itself! A TSA agent, usually the scourge of news headlines, is actually on the good guy side of this one – exposing a frightening hole in JetBlue’s security practices. A giant, dangerous, very cheap hole.
An undercover TSA operative, posing as a completely unknown person (sans ticket) was able to get an unscreened package onto a JetBlue flight by slipping the ticket agent a hundred bucks. All he said was that he needed to get a package to Boston, and that he’d pay to get it past security. Not a suspicious request at all! He was then given another passenger’s ticket, and the package sailed through without any problems. You, JetBlue, failed the test.
JetBlue has fired the ticket agent in question. Good. But that should just be the start. No matter how many backscatter machines or testicle-grabbing searchers the TSA employs, the allure of a petty bribe will render it all useless. The brains at the front of the process need to match the tech at the back. [Seattle PI via Consumerist]
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