Sara Jane Olson, 68, was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s. She has been convicted of domestic terrorism, but that didn’t stop her from getting through the Transport Security Administration's Pre-Check line at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 29, 2014.
A TSA agent apparently noticed Olson going through the line and recognized her, but his supervisor ignored his concerns. A TSA Inspector General Report on the incident released in March referred to her only as a “notorious convicted felon,” but a source told KMSP that the report was about Olson.
Olson apparently received a TSA Pre-Check, which allows passengers who have been pre-screened to go through a special lane and avoid removing their shoes and unpacking their liquids. According to the report, Olson did not receive TSA Pre-Check through the normal application process — she would have been denied due to her 2001 conviction for planting explosive devices underneath police cars in 1975.
Instead, Olson obtained her Pre-Check through the Secure Flight program, which compares passenger information to the Terrorist Screening Database and the “No Fly” list and the “Selectee List” of passengers who need extra screening. It’s still unknown how Olson managed to get Pre-Check because that part of the report was redacted.
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The inspector general made two recommendations based on the report, but they were also heavily redacted.
Olson was released from prison in 2009.
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