Monday, November 24, 2014
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UPDATE: Newark airport cameras weren't working

The best explanation we can find for the Sunday night snafu that caused massive flight delays at Newark airport is in a report by the local newspaper (still your best source of original news reporting!), the Newark Star-Ledger. According to the story, a surveillance camera on a checkpoint where a man, who's not been identified, walked unimpeded the wrong way into the "secure" area had not worked for almost a week. Not only did a TSA agent not stop the man, but it took TSA more than an hour to contact the right people at Continental, which operates a big hub in the affected terminal, to look at a backup tape, and to notify NY-NJ Port Authority police about the security breach. Poor performances all around create disurptive, expensive messes for airlines and their customers.

UPDATE: Newark airport cameras weren't working

The best explanation we can find for the Sunday night snafu that caused massive flight delays at Newark airport is in a report by the local newspaper (still your best source of original news reporting!), the Newark Star-Ledger. According to the story, a surveillance camera on a checkpoint where a man, who's not been identified, walked unimpeded the wrong way into the "secure" area had not worked for almost a week.  Not only did a TSA agent not stop the man, but it took TSA more than an hour to contact the right people at Continental, which operates a big hub in the affected terminal, to look at a backup tape, and to notify NY-NJ Port Authority police about the security breach. Poor performances all around create disurptive, expensive messes for airlines and their customers.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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