The piggyback factor


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?


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