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Fly the Deadly Skies
by Lee

Yeah, making airport screeners federal employees has worked out so well.

Two people were arrested Thursday night for allegedly trying to board a plane with guns at Philadelphia International Airport.

NBC 10 News has learned, and the FBI has confirmed that the men were just one step away from boarding an American Airlines flight sometime after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Sources told NBC 10 News that Timothy Robinson, of Philadelphia, and Steven Lundy, of Roselle, N.J., cleared the first checkpoint and were headed toward the airplane when an American Airlines representative looked at their paperwork and saw that the men were posing as police officers. The representative felt uncomfortable because she didn’t think that they were really police officers, so she called the police department.

FBI agents said that the two men showed airport officials fake badges and fake police identification cards to clear security with the loaded handguns. They also filled out paperwork claiming that they were private police. Authorities said one gun was a .357 Magnum and the second gun was a 9 mm.

The Transportation and Safety Administration launched an investigation and the FBI arrested both men.

Robinson and Lundy were taken to the federal building in downtown Philadelphia Friday and were arraigned on charges connected to posing as polce officers and attempting to board an airplane with firearms.

Your government at work.  You know, maybe when someone shows up at an airport and flashes a badge, rather than the McDonald’s employee verifying their ID, how about we have an actual airport cop on duty do it?

Posted by Lee on 05/31/05 at 02:47 AM (Discuss this in the forums)


Posted by on 05/31/05 at 09:40 AM from United States

It’s as simple as every badge having a number. These airport screeners should have a computer in front of ‘em so they can check the badge number and the dept. and at least see if it’s a real name and officer, and see a picture of the guy so they can determine if he’s the real McCoy. Unless they can do some kind of check like that, then any terrorist who wants to bring weapons on board can go to chinatown, buy a very real looking badge and just show up at the airport with a bunch of other forged documents. There should be a fool-proof system in place to check this sort of thing out. Moreover, it should be so simple a chimpanzee could do it. A cop or a fed. employee or a McWorker should not be tasked with guessing whether or not documents are forged. There should be a network based solution that takes the guesswork out of it all.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 12:34 PM from United States

Look at the bright side, the airline employee figured it out. But, with the falling wage scale in the airlines there would also be Mcworkers at the airline gate and ticket counter.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 02:48 PM from United States

What the hell where they trying to do? I can’t see why anyone would do all this *unless* they where really trying to hijack the plane - suggesting this was one very close near miss.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 04:02 PM from United States

3 (now 4) posts on this vs 112+ on the relative trashiness of tattoos on women.

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 04:10 PM from United States


Sad but true… sad but true…

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 04:27 PM from United States

Well, what more can we add to the subject?
It pretty much speaks for itself, no?

Posted by on 05/31/05 at 09:09 PM from United States

Years ago I was at Newark Airport to pick up my Mother, I was on duty and the town when I was a Detecive was only three towns away. The security guard had to call the Port Authority Police Officer to come a verify my identity by calling my department and describing me. Then and only then was I allowed to proceed to get my Mother while armed. This was well before all the problems and checks.

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