Employees at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and airlines actually cause more security violations than passengers, according to airport records, reports NBC 5 (video below).
While passengers (including handicapped children) must endure invasive, humiliating and embarrassing body checks in public, airport records show that out of 140 safety violations, 104 were committed by employees and vendors.
Airport and airline employees at DFW airport wear Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) badges, which are only supposed to be worn by the assigned person while on duty.
However, a Continental Airlines worker was caught using his SIDA badge to put his family in a van at a cargo facility. He then drove them to a terminal.
According to the police report, the unidentified worker said that he and his family were "cutting through the terminal to catch a flight home to Ohio."
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The worker lost his badge and his job, according to a spokeswoman for United Airlines, which owns Continental.
Fred Cleveland, a senior vice president and chief operating officer at American Eagle Airlines, had his SIDA badge seized for "escorting his wife through the employee portal to meet with his daughter who was flying in," according to the police report.
NBC 5 also reported about an off-duty American Airlines pilot using his card to skip checkpoints and an unidentified American Airlines flight attendant caught sneaking a backpack through an employee entrance and giving it to her husband.
More abuses included a TSA supervisor escorting another worker through a door and a Federal Aviation Administration manager caught using his badge to board a flight for personal reasons.
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Because airport badge holders have already submitted to background checks, the TSA said it focuses more attention on passengers instead of workers (who cause most of the security breaches).
Source: NBC 5