Monday, July 23, 2007

Serious Security Questions at Sky Harbor Airport - Phoenix

The ABC15 Investigation is getting national attention.

ABC15's Lisa Fletcher will be on Good Morning America Monday at 7 a.m.

It's what you have to do when you fly - use X-ray machines, metal detectors, and deal with liquid restrictions in your carry-on luggage. You know the drill.

Security checkpoints are just part of travel these days. They're supposed to keep us safe, so we use them - but not all of us and not all the time.

We've discovered a 4.5 hour time frame each night when virtually anything can be brought into the secure side of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. There's no metal detector, no X-ray machine, and it's apparently not a problem.

Afraid to show her face, one long time Sky Harbor employee talks about the security most people don't see.Lisa Fletcher: "You're telling me Sky Harbor's not safe?" Employee: "I'm telling you Sky Harbor's not safe and hasn't been for a long time."It's what we discovered in the middle of the night - TSA agents going away, and security guards taking over. It's 4.5 hours - every night - when an employee badge becomes an all-access pass.

Night after night, our hidden cameras captured what security experts tell us is a disaster waiting to happen. The X-ray machines were off, the metal detectors were closed, and bags with unknown contents were carried to the secure side of the airport where the planes are. We watched as a security guard let people with purses, coolers and suitcaseswalk right through - bags unchecked.

Even more surprising, some of the people you trust to keep you safe planned it this way.

Read the whole thing.

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