I remember that incident and as I recall he was caught at the security checkpoint and ended up having to pay a fine, and yet this guy at MSY gets on the plane and winds up only being questioned and released, but I haven't seen any mention of him having to pay a fine. What's up with that?
Question about MSY security - the article (that I posted on the other thread on Wednesday) mentions that "the company that provides security at the New Orleans airport, International Total Services, is in bankruptcy."
Does this company supply security for all the airlines who use MSY or just for the airlines that use the same concourse as Southwest?
If it's for all the airlines, who makes the decision about what security firm to use, the dominant airline at MSY. or do all the airlines get a certain percentage of the vote based on their market share and majority vote rules? I'm assuming that since security is the responsibility of the airlines, that the airport would have no say-so in the matter and have to go with which ever firm(s) the airline(s) chose.
Let's assume for a moment that this had happened on an America West flight instead of Southwest. Let's also assume that America West wanted to use a superior security firm, but had to go with what Continental and Southwest (the 2 other carriers on Concourse B) wanted to use? If the security firm that Southwest and Continental chose allowed an America West passenger to slip through the checkpoint, would America West alone be responsible, or would all three have to share part of the blame?
In the theoretical case above, could America West use a different firm even though they share the same concourse with Southwest and Continental? If so, how would this be accomplished? Separate screening checkpoints at the America West gate for their passengers only?
When each concourse has it's own security checkpoints that are separate from the other concourses, like MSY, can different security firms be used? For instance, Delta has all the gates at Concourse D. If all the other airlines in the other concourses wanted to use the Fly-by-Night-Bankrupt Security firm and Delta wanted to use Brinks or another company with a better reputation, could they do so? I'm assuming the answer would be yes.
Is it more cost effective for all the airlines at a certain airport to use the same firm?
Also, are there any US Airlines which actually handle their own security, or do they all contract with outside companies? I read a recent article in the Denver Post that mentioned that Frontier was "studying" the possibility of having their own employees man the checkpoints at Concourse A at DEN.
Thanks for any insight anyone might be able to provide.
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