Boarding a commercial jet without a ticket apparently is easier
than sneaking into a Pauly Shore movie, according to a pretty
amazing DOT report released yesterday.
While the findings of the undercover operation are provocative
-- investigators were able to skirt airport security 117 times over
five months -- nobody who works in a "secure" building or has ever
used an indoor ATM should be surprised by the most successful
method of bypassing the gatekeepers: piggybacking.
What is piggybacking? You know the guy who's standing outside
the locked office building, pocket-fishing for his security card
when you walk up, card in hand? He's a piggybacker. And the people
who grab the closing door to the ATM lobby just before it shuts
behind you? Piggybackers all.
I've done it. I'll bet you've done it. The question is, how are
the airlines going to get their employees to stop doing it?