NBC News reports that a male sex offender got past the TSA at Salt Lake City International Airport with a woman’s boarding pass on November 5.
Michael Reith Salata, a homeless man “was convicted of lewdness involving a child in Utah in 2012“. The 61-year-old man was arrested when he tried to board Southwest Flight 1760 which was flying from Salt Lake City to Oakland, California.
The rightful owner of the boarding pass and seat on the plane had lost her boarding pass soon after printing it out. She was able to check-in to the flight though with a replacement ticket on her phone.
According to NBC News, “Southwest halted boarding after receiving a notification that the ticket had been scanned twice… Salata was arrested on suspicion of fraudulent handling of a recordable writing, a third-degree felony“.
It seems like the TSA had a major screw up here and admitted it. I just can’t imagine how they could possibly let a man get through security with a woman’s boarding pass.
While the TSA admitted the error, they did mention how multiple layers of security are in place- “Both the ticketed passenger and the other individual were fully screened”. How comforting to know…
It’s always fun to hear how these mistakes happen. Kim, Lucas and I recently received the annoying SSSS on our boarding passes for extra screening. Because you know, my family of three might be a threat…. Maybe it’s time to rescreen the screeners.
Find out more from NBC News here.