Newark Airport TSA: Keystone Kops of Ineptitude
January 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)— On Sunday, a security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport, stranded passengers for about six hours, after an unidentified man walked through a secure are without being screened. The breach set off a series of bizarre missteps, when TSA employees discovered the security cameras weren’t working, preventing them from tracking the unidentified man. And when TSA personnel sought to obtain surveillance video from Continental Airlines, they not only didn’t have the correct telephone number, but had no idea how to go about securing the video coverage from the airline.
After taking two-hours to finally secure backup video footage, TSA discovered that the intruder had exited through a different entrance 20 minutes after he arrived.
The TSA’s video cameras weren’t working, because they needed a reboot, but apparently TSA employees didn’t know that was the case and failed to request a rebooting of the surveillance equipment.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) was appalled at the Keyston Kops -like incompetence. “You cannot afford a mistake here anymore than a surgeon in the operating room,” he said. “This system was broken.”