Steak Knife Through Checkpoint One; Aviation Expert Rips AwayBy Peter Haskell

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A number of security lapses at Newark Liberty International Airport in just the last month have many questioning if the airport is safe.

Every passenger stopped during a security lapse at Newark Liberty on Jan. 16. Sources told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan a steak knife belonging to a crew member made it past this checkpoint. According to sources within the Transportation Security Administration, that was one of five security lapses in just one month.

One aviation security expert said it’s alarming.

“One is too much! If this was something serious — there was explosives — do you know what kind of tragedy we can face?” Isaac Yeffet said.

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Other incidents included two passengers who left checkpoints despite problems with their full body scanners and a dead dog that was loaded onto a plane without being checked.  A TSA source said the dog carcass was not screened because it was misdirected by airline.

Aviation consultant Denny Kelly told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell he certainly isn’t surprised by the news.

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell with Kelly on the lapses.

“I think we have these lapses in screening all the time. I think most of them aren’t reported,” he said.

Kelly said he believes TSA screeners need to be better trained, supervised and paid.

“I don’t think the security today is any better than it was on September the 10th, 2001,” Kelly said.

One passenger Sloan spoke with was shocked.

“This is where a lot of the 9/11 stuff happened and it is very lax here. I go through other airports … they have a lot other airports that this one doesn’t notice,” Marvin Mohler said.

But passenger Dan Benbrook had a different take.

“I feel safe. I think they’re doing the best job they can do, a good job,” Benbrook said.

The TSA’s regional director visited the airport this week and while the agency won’t comment on the incidents, a spokesperson said: “It is routine for airports to conduct site visits.”

Yeffet, who headed security for El Al Airlines, said he wants rigorous training for screeners.

“They are not qualified — I am telling you they are not qualified. Look what’s going on since Sept. 11. Look at the shoe bomber. Where’s the security?” Yeffet said.

TSA officials said right now they are not changing anything with security and that they believe passengers are safe.

Years after 9/11, is security at Newark Airport still a problem? Please tell us your thoughts below.

Comments (10)
  1. vic says:

    Yeah, unless it was six-year old child trying to get past security because you know he or she would have been stopped and frisked. Good going TSA — you’re worthless!!!!

  2. pookie says:

    Han Solo’s best friend is a Wookie.

  3. Lord Kinbote says:

    I just can’t decide which toothpaste gets my teeth the whitest.

  4. DanTe says:

    There is absolutely no need for all these expensive measures that don’t work. All you have to do is embedded ALLAH on the floors, in the toilets and urinals of all transportation hubs and planes and ships. Guaranteed not muslime will be able to use the facilities.

    No muslimes, No Boom. Simple.

  5. ER says:

    i think TSA should be thrown out and airports should go to private security firms, where the workers actually care about their jobs and aren’t in it for a rediculous pension they don’t deserve.

  6. Tommy Two Tone says:

    I brought a hot bun through security. I could of smashed it in someone’s face… but I ate it.

  7. Yakov Smirnoff says:

    My Aunt Serena looks like a pit bull.

  8. brucie says:

    abraham lincoln wore a stovepipe hat

  9. Tommy says:

    I like peanuts!!!!

  10. Carlos Liriano says:

    it is the TSA agents. low wages, not training, that adds up to trouble, trains those agents and avoid problems, also pay them better.

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