Duggan From France, joined Jan 2002, 104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1247 times:
The explosive material could be anything from fireworks residue to nitroglycerin tablets, McCarron said. It was detected after a gauze-like material was wiped across the man's shoes, then put through a machine
Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6354 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1228 times:
In all fairness... At least they are making more checks and they have the equipment to determine that something might be a threat. I guess it would have been worse that the guy had gotten on board and done something terrible.
However, it is unacceptable that a man can just dissapear after he has been determined a threat. I would bet that the man is inocent (or at least an honest mistake on his part). he probably just got scared taht he may be charged w terrosirm and decided to make a run for it. If a normal guy can disappear so easily, imagine what a terrorist can do if he has been trained to do.
Sforamper From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
Isnt the National Guard standing right there? How can someone on socks just walk away and not be seen, I just dont buy it.
If you ask me I think these could be made up stories by the security wanna be people to make the public think they re doing a great job.
SFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1207 times:
The National Guard *is* standing right there. The problem is, they are not always alert. Whenever I pass through the T3 employee security line, they're always chatting it up with some United agent.
You have to understand, however, this is how they keep themselves occupied rather than just standing there. 99.99% of the time they've been there, there haven't been any problems.
In America, it's impossible to have guards with the determined stoicism of the Queen's Guard... We simply can't keep still--we're American.
I'm not in their defense though--just trying to see it vis-a-vis a security employee.
The good thing is: they DID detect explosives in his shoe. Now, if you think about it, no man who didn't expect to be shot or severely beaten would start running from security in this day and age.
This guy had the gall. Unfortunately, he breached security. Now, the way I see it, he had to have been going through the main security checkpoint at the terminus of the F concourse (if u tried to do this at the employee checkpoint, you would be easily seen escaping).
Given the sea of people that pass through that area both from the checkpoint and from other gates on the way to the 'island concourse', I can see how its easy to lose a person in there. It's a madhouse in the mornings.
The curious thing is that the media haven't reported the result of the evacuation???
This the 2nd time UA had to evacuate its SFO terminal in recent times.