Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Tue July 28 2015

Man Eludes Dallas/Fort Worth Security, Boards Plane Without Ticket

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | July 28, 2015

Man Eludes Dallas/Fort Worth Security, Boards Plane Without Ticket

We have another shocking incident of a lapse in security at a major airport.

Transportation Security Administration officials and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport officials are investigating how a man breached security three times in a matter of minutes on Sunday at DFW.

The 26-year old man was able to drive to the airport and park his car curbside at the terminal while walking away – a no-no. Then he was able to go through a TSA security checkpoint without an airline ticket – an even bigger no-no. And them, somehow, he was able to board an un-named commercial airliner before a suspicious gate agent called DFW police.

Fortunately, the discovery of the breaches was made before the flight took off. The unidentified man was arrested.

A TSA spokesperson told Reuters the agency is “reviewing the incident and is working closely with the airport, local law enforcement and stakeholders to ensure that all of our checkpoints at DFW reflect optimal security configurations. Immediately following this incident, TSA made adjustments to the DFW screening area and has added more barriers, and is working to identify other long-term solutions that may require physical adjustments to the area. As always, TSA continually evaluates checkpoint configurations and passenger flows at all our airports to ensure physical security.”

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