Airport Security Breach
One of the problems with airport security checkpoints is that the system is a single point of failure. If someone slips through, the only way to regain security is for the entire airport to be emptied and everyone searched again. This happens rarely, but when it does, it can close an airport for hours.
It happened today at the Charlotte airport.
One sentence struck me:
Passengers on another 15 planes that took off after the breach will have to go through screening again when they reach their destinations, the TSA said.
It's understandable why the TSA would want to screen everybody once someone evades security: that person could give his contraband to someone else. And since the entire airport system is a single secure area -- once you go through security at one airport, you are considered to be inside security at all airports -- it makes sense for those passengers to be screened if they're changing planes.
But it must feel weird to have to go through screening after flying, before being able to leave the airport.
Posted on August 10, 2007 at 11:12 AM • 36 Comments