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(Boston Globe)   Concourse at Logan Airport evacuated because security checkpoint was left unmanned   ( divider line
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2001-11-13 12:57:15 PM  
well god damn it! it was break time
2001-11-13 01:03:08 PM  
he heard that the McDonald's was taking applications
2001-11-13 01:04:08 PM  
Hey! he was having a Snickers! Some times, you just have to get away.
2001-11-13 01:07:51 PM  
In unrelated news, it is now officially safer to drive drunk going 100mph in the wrong lane with your lights out in a rain storm than it is to fly, say government officials.
2001-11-13 01:15:11 PM  
Perhaps we should pay our securty experts in crack. That would guarantee there attention......
2001-11-13 01:18:26 PM  
occurred because an elderly security guard decided to "stretch his legs," leaving his post and a large section of Terminal B completely unguarded.

2001-11-13 01:19:18 PM  
But at least the guy isn't in a union. That would be the real tragedy.
2001-11-13 01:19:53 PM  
These people should be hanged on the spot. You would think they would be on their best behavior after all that has gone on...
2001-11-13 01:20:28 PM  
oh my good lord...

"we are taking steps to assure the safety of air travel in America"

"until we need to stretch our legs, then we'll be taking a momentary break"
2001-11-13 01:20:42 PM  
Well I guess I'll not be using Logan anymore..Providence isn't that far after all...
2001-11-13 01:21:10 PM  
"a break for a 'Polygamy Porter'" (happy now Natix?)
2001-11-13 01:24:41 PM  
Thank god they're going to privatize this. Oh, wait a minute...
2001-11-13 01:25:35 PM  
I think shooting these people treason on the spot would stop this problem.

Maybe you wouldn't hear the 375lb black lady with blonde extentions in her hair, Tamiquia, say 'Girlfriend, I ain't doin' no work now. Sheeeeiit, it's nearly 30 minutes to my lunch. Check them bags yo damn self!"
2001-11-13 01:26:32 PM  
:) thanks NaTaX - it just bugged me i dont know why. But lets enjoy a break for some hot Polygamy Action!
2001-11-13 01:33:04 PM  
No, let's make them all federal employees so they can never be fired!
2001-11-13 01:37:03 PM  
No carry-on's and everyone flies naked. Problem solved at less than security ic costing us now.
2001-11-13 01:38:26 PM  

That would work until somebody puts a bomb in a check on back that ends up on American Airlines Flight 587.

2001-11-13 01:39:41 PM  
Fb- you naughty naughty boy.....
next time I see her, I'm going to scoot right past her just to see her run! or jiggle...or die of a heart attack...
2001-11-13 01:43:20 PM  
The few, the proud, the inept.
2001-11-13 02:04:05 PM  
What's the big deal, it's not like Logan was one of the airports used by the terroris....wait a minute.

Well, I mean, it's not like there's been a plane crash recen..wait a minute.

Idiot is too kind a word for these people.
2001-11-13 02:06:00 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

"you had dees bags with you at all times? well okay den, get gowin."
2001-11-13 02:13:10 PM  
Dr. Dave: Great idea, but I already have to fly in the middle seat between two fat people. Don't make it that much worse for me...
2001-11-13 02:15:55 PM  
Any security personnel caught screwing up should have to spend 5 minutes locked in a room with the families of the victims of 9/11.
2001-11-13 02:19:18 PM  
good idea MrSparkle!
2001-11-13 02:20:24 PM  
I think the Governor of Massachusetts should fire the company, and have the national guard take over (they're standing right there anyway).

I want an armed sentry with his AR15 standing at that portal. I want two more reading the xray device and doing the pat downs.

I want armed patrols walking the concourse and parking lots.

I want squads rotated in and out of the security checkpoints every 2 hours. And if something gets through, then I want the soldier prosecuted under the UMCJ for "leaving his post", which is pretty heinous offense.
2001-11-13 02:21:55 PM  
I think a better idea is to privatize the security companies under govt supervision, then, every employee must fly twice a week.

Say, maybe, you spend one weekday flying randomly, given your tickets each time you land, for your next flight. Then the next 4 days you work security.

Now if you don't trust who you work with, and don't do your job right, you have a personal interest. Also, this only works if the bosses spend days in the air, too, and the owners of the companies that are choses must fly huge amounts of time on the airlines their company does security for.
2001-11-13 02:30:41 PM  
43%: I was just about to say the same thing.

ONE guard. That's it. For the entire terminal.

Count him. ONE. And he's "elderly". Not some bodybuilding tough that would make would-be hijackers think "Hmm, if I try to get my weapon through this checkpoint, I'll have to deal with HIM(a false assumption--rent-a-cops are not allowed to touch suspects, but hey)", but some old coot.

GREAT security there, folks!!!

On the thought that THIS is the kind of people that they hire, I actually applied to a security guard company last response yet. Even today, I see wearing the uniforms are old farts(like this one) and women even tubbier than I am, so hell. I dunno, maybe they're turned off by my college degree--too smart to be a rent-a-cop.
Remember folks, it's not the guards that are inept. It's the private security management companies that HIRE people so obviously unsuited to the job, and then send them off ALONE on LARGE assignments. Why? So they can save money, of course. Some old fart looking to pick up some spare cash in his retirement won't demand nearly the salary as a fit young man or woman, and of course, paying ONE paycheck per site is half the price of paying TWO. Effectiveness be damned, we're talking about saving $$$ for managers here!
2001-11-13 02:40:25 PM  
"In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Massport security director Joseph Lawless was reassigned to the Port of Boston "

New assignment: Head of Parking Garage Attendants
2001-11-13 02:48:38 PM  
re: Obscene Pickle
New-Flash: Port of Boston Parking Garage bombed by terrorists.
2001-11-13 02:52:43 PM  
Bring in the Feds! Everyone knows that the Feds NEVER screw anything up!
2001-11-13 03:04:03 PM  
Sure FreddyFreedom: we should also privatize the armed forces and all paramilitary groups in the US. That way, we can make sure all important functions are carried out by the lowest bidding contractors paying as little as possible to make a profit.

After all, the most important function of airport security is to make a profit for a contractor and to reduce airline liability.
2001-11-13 03:50:44 PM  
If this is the result of beefed up security, it's not a surprise that two of the 9/11 planes left from Logan.

(Before 9/11: concourse was guarded by attack gerbil
After 9/11: elderly man.)
2001-11-13 04:19:58 PM  
I think it is time to bring a law suit against these people, this is bordering on criminal
2001-11-13 05:13:45 PM  
The sad thing is, Logan was actually more secure while the guard was on break!
2001-11-13 05:21:32 PM  
Arghenbright is not being held accountable for it's complete mis-management of a sweet contract. And our leaders in Washington on both sides of the aisle are letting it happen.

Where's the outrage?
2001-11-13 05:46:50 PM  
Best airport in the nation.
Damn, I'm proud to live in Boston.
2001-11-13 09:21:29 PM  
Tostfeld: Didn't ya know?

America hasn't had "outrage" in stock for over twenty years.

Take a look at how many other spectacular management fiascos just go right by.
2001-11-13 10:30:43 PM  
Massport has decided to regroup and rename. Starting Monday it will no longer be Massport, but will instead be called Messport. Along with the restructure they will be hiring new screeners. Don't worry if you can't speak english or have a criminal record. They need you! Apply today, so you too can stand around grunting at passengers, sleep at the scanner or just walk off from your post.
2001-11-14 12:55:07 PM  
43%, comparing the millitary with Fed flunkees is one crappola analogy. The Feds I've dealt with (IRS, FEMA, ad nauseum) couldn't find their butts if you tied bells on them.
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