[ISN] Al Gore Inadvertently Breaches Airport Security

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Sun Mar 04 2007 - 22:10:50 PST


March 1, 2007 

Former vice president Al Gore was involved in a security breach at the 
Nashville Airport when an American Airlines employee led him and his 
entourage around security, a clear violation of policy.

"There are no exceptions. Everyone must go through security," airport 
spokesperson Lynn Lowrance said.

Wednesday at the Nashville Airport, Gore arrived with two others and 
airport. Sgt. Gary Glover with airport police waited for his arrival and 
to go through security.

"He made his way to security, waiting for him to come through the check 
area, then he saw him pop up past security in a sterile area," Lowrance 

Gore and his group bypassed the metal detectors, a blatant security 
breach. Lowrance said an American Airlines employee took Gore around 
security directly to the gate.

"Everyone who comes through this public airport terminal must be 
screened, so it's a breach of rules. It's serious," Lowrance said.

The airline employee took Gore down an elevator and then through a 
secure door. She ran her security card through the electronic lock a 
total of three times to let Gore and his two colleagues pass through the 
turnstile one at a time.

Airport police quickly caught up with them and Gore willingly went 
through security.

It was unknown if the former vice president requested the special 
treatment or it was offered and he accepted, but it did violate airport 

Late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Al Gore said he did not 
request any special treatment to get around security.

Airport officials said the former vice president made no complaints when 
confronted. He and his two friends willingly went back through the 
security system.

Airport police think this may have been a case of the employee simply 
being too accommodating. Her name was not released. She was cited for a 
breach of rules, and will be required to retake an airport security 

Airport police said the incident goes to show just how closely they 
monitor passenger security.

A person being escorted by an armed federal officer is the only person 
allowed to bypass security.

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