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Security guards suspended over Lambert breach

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on May 8, 2008

By Ken Leiser

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

05/07/2008

Two contract security guards at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport were suspended in the wake of Wednesday’s security breach in which a man slipped past a vehicle checkpoint and was found sleeping on a plane.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said the unidentified guards were suspended pending an investigation by Whelan Security, the airport’s private security firm. Lea couldn’t describe the suspended guards’ roles in Wednesday’s incident.

Whelan officials could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

EARLIER STORY

ST. LOUIS — A man walked through a manned vehicle security checkpoint at Lambert-St Louis International Airport early this morning, making it onto a parked regional jet where he was found sleeping, an airport spokesman said.

The man was discovered about 6:40 a.m. during a routine check of an empty jet not in service, Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said.

The man entered the airport through the exit side of a vehicle checkpoint while officers were conducting a check of a vehicle on the entrance side, Lea said.

Lea said “immediate actions” and “corrective measures” are being taken at the airport but he declined to elaborate.

Authorities are pursuing possible criminal charges against the man.


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Security guards suspended over Lambert breach

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on May 8, 2008

By Ken Leiser

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

05/07/2008

Two contract security guards at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport were suspended in the wake of Wednesday’s security breach in which a man slipped past a vehicle checkpoint and was found sleeping on a plane.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said the unidentified guards were suspended pending an investigation by Whelan Security, the airport’s private security firm. Lea couldn’t describe the suspended guards’ roles in Wednesday’s incident.

Whelan officials could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

EARLIER STORY

ST. LOUIS — A man walked through a manned vehicle security checkpoint at Lambert-St Louis International Airport early this morning, making it onto a parked regional jet where he was found sleeping, an airport spokesman said.

The man was discovered about 6:40 a.m. during a routine check of an empty jet not in service, Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said.

The man entered the airport through the exit side of a vehicle checkpoint while officers were conducting a check of a vehicle on the entrance side, Lea said.

Lea said “immediate actions” and “corrective measures” are being taken at the airport but he declined to elaborate.

Authorities are pursuing possible criminal charges against the man.


Stltoday

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  1. Patrick Truax said, on May 9, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Your tax dollars at work. How many of you would have signed off on outsourcing airport perimeter security?

  2. Mike Suchman said, on May 9, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I used to work there at various vehicle gates around Lambert. I was employed by APS [private security firm] and we would NOT allow anybody through any gates without a proper airport id. Something does NOT pass the smell test here. One of the questions I have is was this person under escort, when he went through the gate? If he was, where was his escort? It is not the responsibality of the security officer of people once they pass through the gates, if they have proper id’s.
    Security has been “outsourced” to security firms at airports for years and from time to time there will be a foul up, but there are more questions to be answered first, before we throw the security firms out.

  3. Patrick Truax said, on May 9, 2008 at 12:53 am

    SOMEBODY signed off this. Somebody other than the guards has to answer for it. Its tough to find a man or woman in power to own up to the screw-ups on their watch. When I screw up, I own it. That should be a standard in leadership. Sadly it is not. I just hope the guards arent prosecuted..


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