Who guards the guards? One of the biggest problems with air port
security is the ease with which uniforms and credentials of security personnel
are stolen. At one of the largest airports in the United States, Los Angeles
(LAX), 800 screener uniforms and badges are missing. Every major airport in the
country has a similar problem. This is because screeners, in uniform and
wearing a badge, are regularly allowed to walk right past security checks.
Moreover, most air ports also have isolated gates that are opened with a
special card. You guessed it, lots of these access cards are lost or
is a problem that is most often exploited by thieves, not terrorists. Airports,
especially the air freight operations, have been a thieves paradise for a long
time. But as past experience has demonstrated, terrorists avail themselves of
criminal suppliers whenever they can. Nose around the underground and you'll
find someone who can get your screener uniforms and Ids. However, if you are of
Middle Eastern appearance, expect to be turned down, to asked to pay a much
higher price. Terrorism cases draw much more attention from the police than
does airport thievery.