Duluth Int'l Airport Confident in Security
Posted at: 10/07/2013 5:19 PM
| Updated at: 10/07/2013 8:31 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
It's a story that has us and airport officials scratching our heads. How did a 9-year-old boy make it through security and board a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket?
The boy got through security screeners and gate agents to board the flight last Thursday. He was later handed over to Las Vegas authorities. It has us wondering, could it happen here?
About a dozen planes come in and out of Duluth International Airport each day. The traffic compared to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is minimal, but the incident in Minneapolis is shocking many frequent fliers.
"That's definitely surprising!" said Sara Moses.
"Wow, and how the heck did that happen?" Erin DeVries.
Natalie Peterson, the director of communications and marketing with the Duluth Airport Authority, said the new terminal was designed with safety in mind.
"All airports follow strict guidelines from a security stand point so as to what happened in Minneapolis, no, we can't speak to that," she said. "But is it a common occurrence? No."
In Minneapolis, the 9-year-old had to go through three security checkpoints. Duluth also has three checkpoints but on a smaller scale. The first is at ticketing, then at the TSA security gate, and then again at the boarding gate.
"You are essentially going through three different areas to verify that you are indeed a passenger, you are indeed able to go through the secure area, and you are indeed able to set on that plane for your flight," said Peterson.
In addition to the three checkpoints, Peterson said they have security cameras to keep eyes out for wandering kids or unattended bags.
So could a similar incident happen in Duluth?
"No. I don't believe it could. We have put all the measurements in place to be secure and have a very safe environment," Peterson said.
Minneapolis airport officials are reviewing video and gathering information to figure out exactly how the boy got on the plane. TSA officials said he was screened like every other passenger.