Fliers Say Airports' Security Has Holes

By Drummond, Daniel F. | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 6, 2001 | Go to article overview

Fliers Say Airports' Security Has Holes


Drummond, Daniel F., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Daniel F. Drummond

Dozens of people have boarded flights with corkscrews, knives and other prohibited items at Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, according to passengers and federal officials.

Numerous passengers interviewed by The Washington Times said they have been able to pass through security checkpoints at Reagan and Dulles airports with forbidden items in their carry-on luggage. Those items later were confiscated or destroyed at other airports across the country. All of the passengers interviewed requested anonymity.

In one case, a man traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a Delta flight on Oct. 24 was able to pass through a security checkpoint at Reagan Airport with a money clip that had a nail file and 2-inch knife attached to it. Both items are prohibited under Federal Aviation Administration rules. Security at Reagan Airport is maintained by Atlanta-based Argenbright Security Inc.

On his return trip to Washington on Oct. 28, a Globe Security Inc. security guard at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport told the man that "the money clip would either be confiscated or the knife and file would be taken off."

The man elected to have the knife and file removed from the silver money clip, but he said the experience left him wondering about security at Reagan Airport.

"National is supposed to be the gold standard," the man said.

During a two-week period, The Times also observed security guards at Reagan Airport and Dulles waving passengers through without thoroughly checking purses and other carry-on bags. At Dulles, metal detectors would go off routinely, but security personnel would not ask the person to go back through the checkpoint.

Security services at Dulles - which is where American Airlines Flight 77 originated before crashing into the Pentagon on September 11 - also are provided by Argenbright. The company has been fined several times for federal security violations, including hiring criminals and illegal foreign workers.

Over the past weekend, seven of its employees, including a supervisor, who work at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, were fired for allowing a man carrying several knives and a stun-gun to pass through security.

And on Oct. 13, federal agents arrested a man with a knife who was able to pass through security at one of two checkpoints at Dulles.

During a recent spot check of security at Dulles, the Department of Transportation Inspector General's office also found that seven out of 20 screeners at Dulles were not able to pass a basic skills test. More than 80 percent of the security personnel at Dulles are not American citizens, which is disturbing because most of the workers there speak broken English, making it hard for them to communicate with passengers. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Fliers Say Airports' Security Has Holes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.