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Man passes DFW airport security, boards plane without ticket

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U.S. transportation security officials are investigating how a man was able to pass through a security checkpoint without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and board a commercial airliner, airport officials said on Monday. An airline agent discovered what happened before the flight departed and called airport police, who arrested the man on criminal trespassing charges, the airport said. (www.reuters.com) Mehr...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 7
I think someone is in trouble... How did this idiot get through TSA and on board a flight without a ticket... To take a quote from an OLD TV program: "Someone's got some splainin to do!"
flyingj481
flyingj481 4
For what it's worth, I have made it through TSA with an old airline ticket (I accidentally pulled out the wrong one. But, I did need the current ticket to board the plane. So the TSA I can see him getting past, but not onto the plane.
NarkyBark
Devon Gabreluk 3
"This nut case removed a rope stanchion that was use to prevent access to a closed screening lane."

"How was he able to do it?"

By using his index finger? A flick of a finger separates the plastic clip....the things do all the work as they whip back into the pole like a vacuum cord. In reality, TSA is only able to minimize safety risk, not prevent it. Most of of their purpose is to make you *FEEL* safer when you fly, and to mask the reality of how easy it is for someone get something on board if they wanted to. Take an example:....if you were standing in line at a bank, and a criminal came in to rob a teller, just rearrange those teller line barriers into a wall would prevent him from getting to, or from the teller..right?.....to the same extent they prevent anyone from getting past the checkpoint....our problem is what we are considering "secure", an event like this should seriously not surprise anyone.....
flyingj481
flyingj481 2
The TSA's purpose is to make us feel safer and more secure? That is funny.
vsmonkey
vsmonkey 2
Ok, I'll agree that some procedures and authorizations are worthy of review and amendment. Perhaps you are not aware of the matter being addressed in this article and thread. The facts of this case are that a lovelorn, disconsolate young guy breached a poorly attended checkpoint and ran onto an airplane to plead with his (ex)girlfriend. And you believe someone should be posted who has a "green light" to shoot and kill him? Maybe some other "parts" of you are steel as well and you don't know about this little thing called love? The airplane is on the ground and there are a multitude of civilized and non-lethal measures available to effectively remedy the situation. I don't know how the demonic idea got instilled that "LEO's" can do their jobs by remote control and shoot people when they do things they don't like. Such a job as an LEO means you take some risks.

LoralThomas
Loral Thomas 2
He did it for love:

A man who slipped past security and boarded a commercial airliner without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was trying to stop his girlfriend from leaving, airport police said on Tuesday.

Damarias Cockerham, 25, said he walked through a Transportation Security Administration screening area Sunday night without identification or a boarding pass and was not blocked by an agent, according to a police report.

Cockerham, from the Dallas suburb of Garland, ran onto American Airlines Flight 1013 to Guatemala City because, "he didn't want his girlfriend going down there and being with the wrong guy," the police said.

An airline agent called airport police, who arrested the man on criminal trespassing charges before the flight left. He had parked his vehicle at a curbside terminal entrance before entering the airport.

A TSA spokesman said on Monday that the agency was working with the airport to evaluate passenger security checkpoints and had added barriers following the incident.

Airport officials did not release custody information for Cockerham.
joelwiley
joel wiley 2
Sometimes if you walk purposefully as if you belonged there and were just carrying out your job, you can get away with things like that. You can also chalk it up to the TSA faux pas du jour.
hotrox66
Nick Firestone 2
So did he convince his girlfriend to get off the plane? Inquiring minds want to know.
WeatherWise
WeatherWise 5
How was he able to do it??? Because in this country, psychopaths can buy guns and five time deportee's are allowed to roam city streets shooting innocent bystanders in the back. Passing illegally through our airport security, well that's a piece of cake!
shepshep
Gary Sheppard 1
Because TSA.
rwf1001
Robert Fleming 1
Sounds like a copycat of that woman who's done the same thing WAY TOO MANY TIMES at different US AIRPORTS in the past! WHAT THE HELL DO WE HAVE TSA AGENTS IF THEY CAN'T DO THEIR JOBS?
STEELJAW
STEELJAW 1
The matter being addressed in this article is SECURITY,not a darn soap opera. Your lovelorn, disconsolate guy could of had a BOMB, GUN, or KNIFE on him to kill his ex and many innocence people because she dumped him.("If I can't have her ,nobody can" weak minded sicko mentality) As far as the poorly attended checkpoint, what do you want instead of stanchions, metal walls? That's find with me. However,if every checkpoint had an armed LEO with a loaded gun, doing hours of operation,you wouldn't have this problem. By the way,New Orleans have LEO's with GUNS on their checkpoints doing all hours of operation.
chudddds
chudddds 1
I was with Rodney Dangerfield one time, and we jumped the fence, and flew the plane.
philipperv
Scott Rosen 1
No one is acknowledging that this guy had to go through the same security checkpoints as everyone else so how could he have posed a security threat? Boarding a flight without permission in the form of a ticket is simply tresspassing.
jlfernan
jlfernan 1
Don't forget the airline rep that should have checked his ticket prior to entering the jetway.
iflyrjs
terry gersdorf 1
Everyone person he contact with should be fricken fired. TSA in general needs to be replaced by private contractors.
akayemm
Er.A.K. Mittal 1
Perhaps trying to do a Leonardo Dicaprio as in "Catch me if you can " ....
STEELJAW
STEELJAW 0
Some airports have metal stanchions which are harder to remove and would attract attention if you did. The rope stanchions are nothing but a flat rope. A little toddler could walk underneath these without attracting attention. The only way to prevent this from happening is to have an armed LEO on the check point with weapons ready and a green light to shoot to kill to prevent this from happening. Not all airports are going to foot the bill for that, because that are afraid of being sued.
vsmonkey
vsmonkey 3
Steeljaw, can I call you steel brain?, it is clear that are amongst those behind this country's descent into darkness. Shoot to kill for going through a checkpoint unchecked??? Unbelievably @$&€'d up....
STEELJAW
STEELJAW 0
No VSMONKEY, don't call me steel brain. Let me clarify Homeland Security procedures for you. Neither TSA, Private Contractors or Airline gate agents can physically stop a passenger that runs by them into the sterile area. Only a Federal, State or Airport LEO)(Law Endowment Officer) has the authority to do that, in the United States of America. TSA, Private Contractors and Airline Employees can only physically restrain a passenger in self defense or to prevent injury to other passengers. Remember, this same scenario happened in New Orleans on March 20 2015. The LEO SHOT and KILLED the crazy man.
vsmonkey
vsmonkey 1
Ok, I'll agree that some procedures and authorizations are worthy of review and amendment. Perhaps you are not aware of the matter being addressed in this article and thread. The facts of this case are that a lovelorn, disconsolate young guy breached a poorly attended checkpoint and ran onto an airplane to plead with his (ex)girlfriend. And you believe someone should be posted who has a "green light" to shoot and kill him? Maybe some other "parts" of you are steel as well and you don't know about this little thing called love? The airplane is on the ground and there are a multitude of civilized and non-lethal measures available to effectively remedy the situation. I don't know how the demonic idea got instilled that "LEO's" can do their jobs by remote control and shoot people when they do things they don't like. Such a job as an LEO means you take some risks.
STEELJAW
STEELJAW 0
This nut case removed a rope stanchion that was use to prevent access to a closed screening lane. He then high-tale it to the gate and some how got pass the airline agent at the gate. I think he just ran by the agent without stopping.(TSA and Airline employees can not physically stop anyone.) He was tracked down by airport police and removed from the plane. He also left his truck parked curbside. The bomb squad sent an ROV in to check it after seeing suspicious items in the vehicle. This nut cased an hour and thirty minute delay. They took him to the hospital to get drug and nutcase test.
howardluken
howard luken 1
All hail the fearless leader, hail Big Brother! Hail Big Brother! Obey! Kill them all and let Joe Pesci sort them out!

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