USA: 'The Insider Threat Is Real': Gaps in Airport Security Highlighted in New Video.
President Obama said Wednesday that the government is taking "every possible step" to keep Americans safe from terrorism — but new video is raising questions about whether that's the case at the nation's airports. At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, used by more than 50 million passengers every year, NBC News' cameras captured employees simply swiping their electronic key cards to get into the facility this week. NBC News also obtained video from earlier this year that showed the same thing. Unlike passengers, airline crew and employees who work in the terminal, the ramp agents in the videos did not undergo ID checks or bag checks, walk through metal detectors or get scanned for explosive materials, sources said. And that, some say, is cause for concern — especially amid worries that an airport insider could have been involved in the bombing of a Russian Metrojet over Egypt three weeks ago.
"The insider threat is real," Marshall McClain of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association told NBC News.
His union has called for fewer employee access points and more worker screening at the nation's busiest hubs, but only two major airports — in Miami and Orlando, Florida — are screening every worker every day.
"The fact that there are two airports that are already doing it shows that it can be done," McClain said.
"It takes just one employee, one radical person, to beat the system and bring down a plane — whether it's knowingly or unknowingly, putting something on a plane," he added. "And that's what we need to thwart."
McClain said airport workers have been caught in the past helping to smuggle drugs or guns on planes. A terrorist could exploit a corrupt worker and get them to unwittingly load a bomb onto a plane, he said. More information available at this link (including video report):http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/insider-threat-real-gaps-airport-security-highlighted-new-video-n469701
Source: NBC News.
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