NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Newly released records show four commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were allowed to bypass regular security lines and received other perks when they flew out of airports run by the agency.
The Port Authority released the records Thursday. Newspapers requested the documents after the revelation that the FBI has requested records from United Airlines and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. A direct flight between Newark and Columbia began while David Samson, who had a home in South Carolina, was chairman of the Port Authority and ended days after he resigned last year.
The records said workers at times used golf carts to escort Port Authority officials between their cars and airport gates – skipping check-in lines.
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“It’s probably one of the most outrageous things that’s come across my desk,” Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, head of the advocacy group New Jersey Citizen Action, told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney. “People can barely arrange their travel around reduced flights and full flights.”
The Port Authority has been receiving deep scrutiny since revelations early last year that approach lanes to its George Washington Bridge were shut down as part of political payback.