March 1, 2007
Former vice president Al Gore was involved in a security breach at the
Nashville Airport when an American Airlines employee led him and his
entourage around security, a clear violation of policy.
"There are no exceptions. Everyone must go through security," airport
spokesperson Lynn Lowrance said.
Wednesday at the Nashville Airport, Gore arrived with two others and
airport. Sgt. Gary Glover with airport police waited for his arrival and
to go through security.
"He made his way to security, waiting for him to come through the check
area, then he saw him pop up past security in a sterile area," Lowrance
Gore and his group bypassed the metal detectors, a blatant security
breach. Lowrance said an American Airlines employee took Gore around
security directly to the gate.
"Everyone who comes through this public airport terminal must be
screened, so it's a breach of rules. It's serious," Lowrance said.
The airline employee took Gore down an elevator and then through a
secure door. She ran her security card through the electronic lock a
total of three times to let Gore and his two colleagues pass through the
turnstile one at a time.
Airport police quickly caught up with them and Gore willingly went
It was unknown if the former vice president requested the special
treatment or it was offered and he accepted, but it did violate airport
Late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Al Gore said he did not
request any special treatment to get around security.
Airport officials said the former vice president made no complaints when
confronted. He and his two friends willingly went back through the
Airport police think this may have been a case of the employee simply
being too accommodating. Her name was not released. She was cited for a
breach of rules, and will be required to retake an airport security
Airport police said the incident goes to show just how closely they
monitor passenger security.
A person being escorted by an armed federal officer is the only person
allowed to bypass security.
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