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1 sliv_the_eli  Jun 30, 2011 9:52:15am

This is truly frightening, and an indication that nearly a decade after 9/11, too many people have forgotten the lessons that should have been learned.

Just think about it:
1. A person travelling through JFK airport loses his boarding pass on June 28.
2. He either fails to notify airline personnel and is able to get on his flight without the boarding pass or he notifies them and they give him a boarding pass without an alert being triggered.
3. On June 29, Mr. Noibi is allowed through a security checkpoint without ID and a boarding pass that match.
4. He is then allowed to board an airplane with a boarding pass that does not match the flight, because it is a day old.
5. The flight crew realize after takeoff, but apparently long before they reach the West Coast — probably because their supply of peanuts was one bag short — that they have an extra and undocumented passenger on board. They learn who the passenger is, and he lies to them about his identity and his right to be on the particular flight.
6. Nevertheless, the flight continues to Los Angeles rather than diverting to the closest airport that has adequate secuirty personnel to assist.
7. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Mr. Noibi is allowed to walk free. He is not tracked down or arrested as a result of his actions.
8. It is only when Mr. Noibi decides to again test our (lack of airport) security systems by repeating his actions the following day that he is detained at LAX.

The number of people who bungled this matter is absolutely astounding. That these people should lose their jobs and never again be allowed to work in a position where the saftey of other human beings depends on their alertness and skills should be a no-brainer. Anyone care to wager on whether that happens?

2 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 30, 2011 10:04:25am

A couple of years ago I was on a flight from Detroit to Frankfurt. There was a Yemeni family with a bunch of children, and they all took seats in different parts of the plane.

Before takeoff, the flight attendants were trying to take a head count of the passengers which failed because the Yemen family kept passing kids from row to row.

They had to start the head count about 4 times before they finally gave up and took off.

My opinion was, the Yemeni family looked all Muslim and “scary” but all they were probably doing was boarding the flight with more kids than they bought tickets for.

3 funky chicken  Jun 30, 2011 11:13:18am

re: #1 sliv_the_eli

I highly doubt the first guy really “lost” his boarding pass, frankly.

The whole thing is pretty disastrous. And the flier had luggage with 10 boarding passes, all in names other than his own? Um, yeah, I travel like that all the time.

4 sliv_the_eli  Jun 30, 2011 11:42:27am

re: #3 funky chicken

I highly doubt the first guy really “lost” his boarding pass, frankly.

The whole thing is pretty disastrous. And the flier had luggage with 10 boarding passes, all in names other than his own? Um, yeah, I travel like that all the time.

There is certainly more to this story than we will ever hear or read, since both our government and our media believe us too infantile to handle reality. That is why much of the “security” we see in airports and elsewhere is nothing more than security theater.
What is truly frightening about this episode, though, is the number of people in the system who clearly no longer — if they ever did — take seriously their responsibility as the last lines of defense for the airplane travelling public.

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