Sadly, only three U.S. airports require employees to go through screening checks before coming to work, even after reports surfaced that numerous airport workers have potential terror ties.
TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger confirmed on Capital Hill this week that only Miami, Atlanta and Orlando require staff to undergo badge checks and screening. This means 297 airports are potentially placing passengers in grave danger on a daily basis.
It’s important to remember that at the Atlanta airport authorities broke up a gun smuggling ring in 2014. Prosecutors allege Delta Air workers smuggled guns, including an AK-47, from Atlanta to New York. You would think that after the 2014 incident the TSA and airports would see it as a wake-up call, but there hasn’t been any steps taken to increase worker security across the U.S. During the meeting on Capital Hill, The TSA Administrator referred to a recent report that stated it would be too expensive for most airports to screen industry employees every day.
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