By Deborah Sherman
DENVER - A new policy lets airport screeners at Denver International
Airport bypass security screening checkpoints that passengers have to go
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rolled out the new
uniforms and new screening policy at airports nationwide on Sept. 11.
The new policy says screeners can arrive for work and walk behind
security lines without any of their belongings examined or X-rayed.
"Lunch or a bomb, you can walk right through with it," said Mike Boyd,
an aviation consultant in Evergreen. "This is a major security issue."
At DIA, 9NEWS videotaped a dozen TSA screeners walk through a side gate
and enter the sterile area of the airport carrying backpacks, purses and
lunch boxes. Nothing was screened.
Sources tell 9Wants to Know, the reason for the security change may be
tied to the new uniforms and badges.
The old, white TSA uniforms had yellow cloth badges sewn on them.
The new, blue uniforms have metal badges that set off alarms when
screeners go through the checkpoints. Sources say the TSA is worried
that the screeners will remove the badges while going through security
and that they'll get lost or stolen.
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