US airports report more than 25,000 security breaches since Nov-2001
US Department of Homeland Security released that there has been more than 25,000 security breaches at US airports since Nov-2001 (USA Today/AP/The Daily Caller/BBC, 13-Jul-2011). According to the documents, more than 14,000 people had entered “limited-access” areas by going through doors or passageways without permission, and 6000 travellers had made it past screeners without proper scrutiny. Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Nicholas Kimball stated the breaches represent a “tiny fraction of 1%” of air travellers passing through the airports. He further stated the broadly defined term “breach” can mean accidental violations that pose no danger to the public. Despite its defence, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz criticised TSA’s procedures claiming “there is a better, smarter, safer way to do this, and the TSA isn’t prioritising here”. Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s Director of Aviation, TJ Orr, also criticised the agency stating it is comprised by a “rigid attitude of arrogance and bureaucracy”.