Apr 29, 2002
More than 100 workers were arrested last week, 10 at Baltimore- Washington Airport, 24 at Reagan National and 69 at Dulles International. These arrests come after months of investigation of thousands and thousands of airport workers in several states done by the Immigration Service, the FBI and the Transportation Department.
And for all these efforts, what did these officials find? Some food service workers lied about having a felony on their records in order to get a job at Burger King! Very few of these workers actually worked for airports, only a few touched the baggage. Among those arrested who had been born in other countries, a few had visa violations. Not one worker arrested is accused of any contact with terrorists. These are not even the workers doing security checks in airport terminals.
Said a consultant in national aviation security, “To increase security, these are not the people you’re looking for. These are just people trying to make a living .... This is just a distraction.”
None of this elaborate screening by three different federal agencies actually increases the security of the flying public.
Behind all this talk about security lurks only another attack on workers – and in this case, some of the poorest.