Maybe Philadelphia Airport Security Isn’t So Tight
6ABC reports that American Airlines let the wrong man board a Philadelphia-based plane on Sunday. The unidentified passenger had Brad Gertz’s boarding pass—accidentally it seems—and shouldn’t have been allowed aboard when his ID didn’t match. He was. The result? When Gertz arrived for his flight, he was told he was already on the plane.
“He told me about three times, ‘you’re already on a flight, your flight already left,’ so now I’m worried. [I was thinking,] ‘is this identity theft?'” Gertz said.
It wasn’t, as the airline later figured out it gave another passenger, with a different name, Gertz’s boarding pass.
But then, that man made it through security, even though his ticket and his identification didn’t match up.
“To not look at a name, on a ticket, and on a license, and let that person through, I mean, you might as well not let them go through the scanners either,” Gertz said.
The TSA issued a statement to 6ABC: “TSA is reviewing allegations that document verification procedures were not followed properly at Philadelphia International Airport. Passengers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers, including watch list matching, thorough screening at the checkpoint, Federal Air Marshals, armed pilots and a vigilant public, as well as many others, both seen and unseen.”