Tag: Airport

Shocking Incompetence: 57 Paris Airport Workers Are On Terror Watch List

Disturbing: 57 Paris Airport Workers Are On Terror Watch List – Townhall

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The Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris has forced France to examine its security policies, including at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, where it was recently discovered that 57 employees who had access to airplanes and runways were on a terror watch list.

Now, the security passes of 86,000 workers at the Paris airport will be reviewed, according to a report by the Sunday Times of London.
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Police carried out extensive searches of the airport under state-of-emergency powers after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed and 350 injured by Islamic State militants.

Belgium, where several of the Paris attackers had lived, also has pulled security badges from several airport workers after discovering that some had links to jihadis who had traveled to Syria.

Meanwhile, anxiety has been brewing about radicalism among bus, Metro and railroad workers.

Samy Amimour, who blew himself up in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, managed to get a job as a bus driver while on a watch list.

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The recent finding of Arabic graffiti on four planes at two French airports, including one that had “Allahu Akbar” written on a fuel tank hatch, has only increased security concerns. While the graffiti in and of itself is not harmful, it raises serious questions about who has access to restricted airport locations.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Philanthropist Sees 400 U.S. Troops Eating Bagged Lunches, Pays For Them To Eat Wherever They Want – Daily Caller

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A group of 400 U.S. servicemen stationed in Ireland received an unexpected surprise while eating lunch at an airport.

Los Angeles-based philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz was on his way to Israel with his family when he spotted the servicemen eating standard bagged lunches, while other passengers ate at trendy restaurants. Rechnitz went straight to the commander, insisting he pay for all the servicemen to get lunch wherever they wanted.

The commander asked why.

In a video captured of the event, Rechnitz explained exactly what prompted his generosity.

“The reason is that… you guys risk your lives to protect me and my family,” Rechnitz tells the crowd of servicemembers. “If I get to go out and see a whole bunch of Army soldiers and Marines. That’s something that makes me proud. I’m on my way to Israel actually now. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“I’ll take it off my taxes, don’t worry,” he added.

The servicemen applauded.

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TSA Screener Accused Of Sexually Abusing College Student In LaGuardia Airport Bathroom

TSA Screener Accused Of Molesting College Student In LaGuardia Airport Bathroom – WABC

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A TSA screener is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at LaGuardia Airport after telling her she needed to be searched in the bathroom.

According to authorities, 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo was arrested following an investigation of the claims made by the 21-year-old victim, a college student from Korea.

Prosecutors say the victim was in Terminal B at around 8 p.m. Tuesday when she was told by Oquendo to go into the bathroom for a secondary search. Once there, the agent allegedly molested her.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Friday announced Oquendo’s arrest on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.

“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Brown said. “Such alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances, go unpunished.”

According to the charges, the 21-year-old female college student was exiting LaGuardia Airport after her Salt Lake City flight landed when Oquendo approached her in Terminal B after she had walked out of the sterile checkpoint area and into an area where passengers do not need to be screened. He allegedly stated to her, in sum and substance, “Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage.”

It is alleged that Oquendo motioned with his hand for the female victim to follow him to a bathroom, where they waited outside for approximately 10 minutes before entering the bathroom. Inside, the victim alleged stated to Oquendo, in sum and substance, “You can’t scan me, but you can have a woman scan me because I am a girl.” In response, Oquendo allegedly told her to face the mirror and raise both arms up. When the victim asked him if he checked all of the passengers, Oquendo allegedly replied yes.

It is further alleged that Oquendo had her lift up her shirt and unzip her pants and touched her breasts and other areas of her body over and under her clothing. Afterwards, Oquendo told her that he was not going to check her luggage and stated, in sum and substance, into his cell phone, “She’s clear. She doesn’t have any weapons or knives.”

According to the TSA, screeners do not have the authority to conduct a secondary patdown outside of a checkpoint area and that opposite-gender screening requiring a pat-down can only be done when there are no female officers present and a witness is present during such pat-downs, which must be conducted in a designated private screening area in a TSA checkpoint.

If convicted, Oquendo faces up to one year in jail.

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Woman Drinks Entire Bottle Of Cognac After Beijing Airport Security Refuses To Let Her Take It On Plane

No Liquid Allowed In Carry On, Woman Drinks Entire Bottle Of Cognac At Beijing Airport Security – The Nanfang

We’ve all been stopped at airport security with a forgotten bottle of water, which we can either toss away or drink quickly in front of airport security. But what happens if that liquid is not water, but an entire bottle of European cognac? For airline passenger Miss Zhao, there was only one solution: slam it back at once.

Zhao was transferring to a Wenzhou flight at Beijing Airport at noon on August 21 when she was stopped at airport security. A worker told the woman in her forties that she was not able to bring the imported cognac through the security checkpoint in her carry-on. As it was too late to transfer the cognac to her checked-in luggage, Zhao did what any responsible person that hates wasting food would do: she sat down in a corner and drank the entire bottle of cognac herself.

That created a new security problem though, and it had to do with the bottle of cognac that was now inside her.

Zhao started acting wildly and yelling incoherently. Due to her massive inebriation, when Zhao fell to the floor, that’s where she stayed. When police arrived at the scene, they decided not to let her board her flight out of concern that she had become a security risk to others and herself as Zhao was travelling alone.

Zhao was taken to a convalescence room and was checked out by a doctor. It wasn’t until 7pm when she sobered up and realized what she had done. Zhao was eventually released by police to her family who had come to Beijing Airport to escort her home.

Hard choices have been made before at security checkpoints in Chinese airports. This past June, two brothers were stopped at the security checkpoint at Guangzhou Airport for having wine stashed in their carry-on. The brothers explained that this wine had special medicinal properties used to help male fertility. However, the security workers were adamant in enforcing regulations, and so the brothers decided to drink the RMB 8,000 bottle of wine themselves (below).

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And if you’re thinking this would make a funny scene in a Chinese movie, well, it already has been. In Xu Zheng’s breakout hit Lost on Journey (2010), Wang Baoqiang’s yokel character is prevented by airport security from bringing a drink onto the airplane, so he decides to drink it himself. Of course, the distinction here is that Wang’s character chugs down an entire bottle of milk.

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Orlando International Airport Spending A Quarter Of A Million Dollars To Build Muslim Prayer Room

Orlando Airport Spending $250,000 To Build Muslim Prayer Room – Weasel Zippers

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Celebrate diversity!

Via Click Orlando:

Orlando International Airport will soon open a Muslim prayer room.

The decision came after Emirates airlines announced it will soon be flying out of OIA.

Since many that fly the airline are Muslim, OIA will spend $250,000 to build a reflection room where people can pray.

Currently at OIA, many Muslims pray in public or even in restrooms. There is also a non-denomination chapel where prayer rugs are available.

With hundreds of new Muslim passengers, the airport wants to accommodate everyone.

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Stunning Incompetence: TSA Screeners Fail 95 Percent Of Airport Security Tests (Video)

Total Fail: TSA Doesn’t Stop 95 Percent Of Potential Terror Attacks In Tests – Townhall

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Good news, America. All of the tax money you’ve given to the Transportation “Security” Administration seems to have been a waste. All of those grope sessions you’ve endured? Worthless. All of those naked photos random “agents” saw of you? Just pure entertainment (but really).

According to a new Homeland Security report, the TSA failed to stop 95 percent of potential terror attacks at major airports. ABC News has the story (bolding is mine):

An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.

The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.

In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.

The TSA receives $8 billion per year in funding. Just two weeks ago, DHS Inspector General John Roth testified in front of Congress about concerns the agency wasn’t fulfilling it’s original mission.

“Unfortunately, although nearly 14 years have passed since TSA’s inception, we remain deeply concerned about its ability to execute its mission,” Roth said. “Since 2014 we have published more than 115 audit and inspector reports about TSA’s programs and operations. We’ve issued hundreds of recommendations to attempt to improve TSA’s efficiency and effectiveness. We have conducted a series of covert penetration tests, essentially testing TSA’s ability to stop us from bringing in simulated explosives and weapons through checkpoints, as well as testing whether we could enter secure areas through other means.”

Earlier this month, Judicial Watch released documents revealing horrifying details of alleged sexual assaults from TSA agents at airports around the country.

April 7, 2013, at Denver International Airport:

At approximately 14:10 hours on the South Checkpoint, near lane 4 a passenger complained that he sustained an injury resulting from the aggressive actions of the the [sic] TSO [Transportation Security Officer] conducting a pat down search… The passenger stated during the pat-down search he was struck very hard in the groin area, which caused him pain to his left testical [sic].

October 19, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” Los Angeles Airport:

She [TSA agent] then placed full palms squarely on my breasts and then moved around my breasts again. She then placed both palms against my breasts and I was shocked, humiliated, alarmed and assaulted and said ‘Stop! What are you doing? That’s not ok.’… I reported this to TSA Supervisor… She got the manager [redacted] and he said he would look at the video and TSA would send me a letter but it would not tell me the resolution and that I did not have a right to view the video… I will not be sexually assaulted at the airport. As a taxpayer, I pay for the TSA.”

July 5, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” O’Hare Airport:

The female TSO then proceeded to roughly feel of [sic] her breast including her nipples. The TSO didn’t go under her arms or along her sides. She indicated that she did not receive a proper pat down. The search was limited to her breast… Two other individuals came over to where the supervisor and gentleman were and they began laughing. The caller indicated that the incident was not the business of the other two officers and not a show for them. The caller indicated that even the Supervisor, along with the others, began to roar with laughter.

July 6, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” O’Hare Airport:

Caller indicates that her mother feels as though she was singled out because she was a breast cancer survivor and the caller feels as though this is extremely discriminatory. Caller indicates that the breast is an extremely intimate place that should not be rubbed in the manner that it was. Caller expressed that her mother feels extremely violated and the caller feels that being violated in this manner is on the same level as rape. Caller has indicated that her mother will never travel again because of the pat down that she received.

July 29, 2013, “To/From Memo,” O’Hare Airport:

The person began to tell me how TSO [redacted] stuck his hands down his pants and grabbed the top of his penis and placed his fingers in his butt crack… The person was sure that he was violated and wanted to talk to a supervisor… He said he is going to file a police report with Chicago Police Department and file a lawsuit against TSA and Officer [redacted] and walked away.”

If this video doesn’t enrage you, especially after this news, I don’t know what will.

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Gay TSA Agents At Denver International Airport Fired After Conspiring To Grope Men’s Genitals

Two TSA Agents Fired After Conspiring To Grope Men’s Genitals – Mediaite

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According to a new investigative report from CBS4, two TSA screeners have been fired from their jobs at Denver International Airport after one of them admitted to manipulating the system to allow one of them to grope the genitals of male passengers he found attractive. The alleged incidents occurred about a dozen times over the past year.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female,” a law enforcement report reads. “When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”

The TSA first learned of the scheme last November, but did not take action until months later when a supervisor caught the employees in the act. When confronted, the female agent “admitted that she has done this for (the male TSA officer) at least 10 other times” and “knew that doing so would allow (the male TSA officer) to perform a pat down on a male passenger that (the male TSA screener) found attractive.”

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” a TSA spokesperson said in a statement. “TSA has removed the two officers from the agency. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable.”

Notably, CBS requested surveillance video of the known groping incident for its report but was denied.

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ISIS Terrorists Take Abu Ghraib City; Within Artillery Range Of Baghdad Airport (Video)

ISIS Takes Abu Ghraib; Within Artillery Range Of Baghdad Airport – Gateway Pundit

ISIS begun their assault of one of the Iraq’s largest military bases.

The Sunni terrorists held a massive military parade in Abu Ghraib in March.

But only recently took control of the key cities in the region.

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ISIS has taken complete control of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad.

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The Islamists are now within artillery range of Baghdad.
The News Tribune reported:

Islamic State militants have taken control of key cities in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and have begun to besiege one of the country’s largest military bases in a weeklong offensive that’s brought them within artillery range of Baghdad.

The Islamic State and its tribal allies have dominated Anbar since a surprise offensive last December, but this week’s push was particularly worrisome, because for the first time this year Islamist insurgents were reported to have become a major presence in Abu Ghraib, the last Anbar town on the outskirts of the capital.

“Daash is openly operating inside Abu Ghraib,” according to an Iraqi soldier, who used a common Arabic term for the Islamic State. “I was at the 10th Division base there two days ago, and the soldiers cannot leave or patrol,” he said, asking that he be identified only as Hossam because Iraqi soldiers are barred from speaking with foreign reporters. “Daash controls the streets.”

Hundreds of miles to the west, Islamic State forces continued their push into the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane, where it appeared unlikely that Turkey would intervene to stop the advance. Kurdish officials from the town said the Turkish government had yet to respond to their pleas for weapons, and reports from the Turkish-Syrian border said there was no evidence Turkey was preparing to take action…

…A diplomat in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region, said an Islamic State presence in Abu Ghraib would put Baghdad International Airport within artillery range of the militants.

“We know they have captured substantial numbers of 155 mm howitzers,” said the diplomat, whose country is participating in the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition. The diplomat spoke only on the condition of anonymity, lacking permission to brief the news media. “These have a range of about (20 miles) and if they are able to hold territory in Abu Ghraib then the concern they can shell and ultimately close BIAP becomes a grave concern.”

Once again, ISIS posted photos today of the arms they captured in fighting north of Baghdad.

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Fake Screener Probes Female Passengers At San Francisco International Airport

Fake Screener Probes Passengers At SFO – San Francisco Chronicle

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A man suspected of being drunk posed as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport long enough to direct a couple of women into a private booth for pat downs before real security staffers caught on to him, authorities said Wednesday.

The 53-year-old San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness after creating a stir at the A-side security checkpoint of the International Terminal about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Wesley Matsuura of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities are investigating whether the man should be booked on other counts, such as false imprisonment.

Matsuura would not give the man’s name, saying the case has gone hush-hush since the federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees airport security, took over the investigation into how the breach happened.

Two other airport law enforcement sources tell us the incident started when the man entered the security area wearing khaki pants, a blue polo shirt and blue rubber gloves – an outfit that might have been mistaken for those worn by screeners with the private Covenant security firm.

The man, apparently without saying much, steered a woman into one of the private screening booths used to pat down selected passengers, our sources say. What happened inside isn’t known, because the woman soon disappeared to catch a flight.

A few minutes later, the man directed a second woman toward the booth, our sources say. This time, however, he caught the attention of real screeners, who figured something was wrong because male screeners are prohibited from taking women into the booth for a pat-down without a female screener also being present.

Covenant screeners detained the alleged fake until San Francisco police officers arrived. Because officers couldn’t find any women who had actually entered the booth with the man, they booked him only for alleged public drunkenness.

If investigators can track down the alleged victims, however, he could face more serious charges.

The incident raises disturbing questions about who’s screening the screeners at SFO.

“They will be (investigating) this for a week,’’ said one law enforcement source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case. “Someone has to pay for this.’’

TSA and Covenant reps could not be reached for comment.

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Aviation Technician Busted After Failed Wichita Airport Suicide Bombing

Aviation Technician Terry Lee Loewen Arrested In Failed Wichita Airport Suicide Bombing – Gateway Pundit

The jihad reaches Kansas.

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A Kansas man was arrested after a failed suicide bombing attempt at the Wichita Mid-Contintent airport. The 58 year-old aviation technician, Terry Lee Loewen, wanted to die a “martyr” in the explosion.

The Witchita Eagle reported:

Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says a 1 p.m. news conference Friday will address “a major situation for our city that was averted” through a collaborative investigation.

NBC News reported that federal officials arrested a man who planned to detonate a suicide bomb at Wichita’s Mid-Continent airport.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Kansas City, will appear at the news conference in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita to announce charges against a person arrested Friday morning “in a case involving a national security matter,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday morning in statement.

Gov. Sam Brownback also is scheduled to be at the news conference, his office said.

More… U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said the man, a 58-year-old Wichita resident Terry Lee Loewen, had been under investigation since this past summer after making threats to engage in a terrorist act of jihad against the United States.

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TSA Worker Caught Trying To Sneak Loaded Gun Past Airport Security

TSA Worker Caught Trying To Sneak Loaded Gun Past Airport Security – WFTV

Police said a TSA worker was caught trying to carry a loaded gun through security at Orlando International Airport.

Rynal Dela Cruz was arrested on Monday. His credentials were revoked, and he has since resigned.

According to the arrest report, the gun was in a bag as Dela Cruz attempted to pass through screening before heading to work.

An x-ray image revealed the gun, which was loaded with six rounds.

An Orlando police officer and FBI agent both questioned Dela Cruz. He told investigators he “forgot” he had the gun with him.

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The screening process is required for every single employee at the airport in order to enter secured areas. The only other U.S. airport that screens all of its personnel is Miami International Airport.

A spokeswoman for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said she’s never heard of an agent accidentally bringing a loaded gun to work.

“I’m sure that was explained to them when they were hired. So, I don’t think there’s any excuse,” said traveler James Kim.

Dela Cruz was hauled off to jail. He has posted a $250 bond.

“I’m comforted by the fact that the security system is working here, even for the workers here,” said Kim.

The airport plans to press charges.

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I cannot wait until the TSA is unionized!

If they are this incompetent now, can you imagine how bad they will be once they get the Union Fevah?

We have been sold the line that with the new and improved back scatter x-rays, TSA agents can see what people have underneath their clothes, making it impossible to hide anything.

The problem is, you have to have people running the machines who are actually paying attention:

An undercover TSA agent was able to get through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun during testing of the enhanced-imaging body scanners, according to a high-ranking, inside source at the Transportation Security Administration.

The source said the undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried, the source said.

“In this case, where they had a test, and it was just a dismal failure as I’m told,” said Larry Wansley, former head of security at American Airlines. “As I’ve heard (it), you got a problem, especially with a fire arm.”

Wansley said covert testing by the TSA is commonplace — although failing should be rare.

Working at an airport, as I do, I get to observe the TSA in action, performing their duties, and I have to admit that their presence does not really make me feel safer. Lots of great people in the TSA, but this is not about personality is it? This is about safety, and security, and gaps like this show a need to change the way we do security at airports. Perhaps more ex-military and police officers, who are likely better trained, and better able to both spot potential threats and better able to handle them would help. Perhaps letting private security companies handle security would help as well.