ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando International Airport is one of the only U-S airports to implement physical screening for all employees with access to secure areas.
Airport authorities have approved seven million dollars in security plans that will be used to screen all employees with access to secure areas. The changes come after two baggage handlers were accused of smuggling guns onto a commercial flight earlier this month.
Miami International airport began the practice of screening all employees in 1999 following its own smuggling incident.
The Orlando airport and the Transportation Security Administration boosted security in the days following the breach that involved two airline baggage handlers allegedly using their employee uniforms and airport identification cards to enter restricted areas and avoid security screeners. Handguns and an assault rifle were found in a carry-on bag seized by authorities.