Here's the best synopsis of these events I have found so far. (Seems that, for some reason, the press has not been paying much attention to this story as I believe they should be. Hmmm....)
IMHO, its not that the chef was a security threat, its that he got through Argenbright "Security's" checkpoint at MIA with those knives at all. Like Hkgspotter1
leads to, if guns and knives can get on an aircraft on carry-on baggage by (most likely) innocent people making honest mistakes, what's to stop someone with a different motive from bringing these items, or even more leathal weapons, on carry-on or even checked
-From the Chicago Sun Times-
November 14, 2001
BY ROBERT C. HERGUTH AND FRANK MAIN STAFF REPORTERS
"Little more than a week after letting a man with knives and a stun gun through an O'Hare Airport checkpoint, beleaguered Argenbright Security allowed a Chinese chef to reach his O'Hare-bound jetliner in Miami with two cleavers, officials said Tuesday.
The latest case involves a 76-year-old man who spoke little English and didn't fully understand the rules--not someone planning harm, officials said.
Sung Ming Mok flew into Miami from Venezuela earlier this week, officials said. Once in Miami, he retrieved his checked bags "because he was confused," then flew with them as carry-ons to Chicago on Monday, United Airlines spokesman Chris Brathwaite said. He spent Monday night with his luggage in United's Terminal One, waiting to depart the next day on United Flight 895 to Hong Kong.
When he approached Gate C-16 about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, he tried to check his bags, officials said. "As part of our security system and procedures, his bags were . . . hand-checked. That's when the cooking instruments were discovered," Brathwaite said.
Pulled from a bag were two 4-inch-by-4-inch metal kitchen knives, officials said.
"He was a chef at a restaurant that failed, from what I heard, and I guess was heading home to Hong Kong," Brathwaite said. "Obviously these particular instruments were . . . not supposed to be carried on the plane."
United employees called police, who questioned the man through an interpreter, Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Monique Bond said. Sung never went through checkpoints at O'Hare, spending his time in the "secured" area of the terminal, she said.
Sung, of Hong Kong, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon.
How he passed through one of Miami's nine checkpoints with the utensils is unclear, an airport spokeswoman said.
United officials are reviewing security videotapes to find out what happened, spokesman Joe Hopkins said. Atlanta-based Argenbright said the company's CEO was heading to Miami to "oversee a full inquiry."
Argenbright promised a sweeping overhaul, including better training and more pay, after Subash Gurung, a Nepal native, made it through an O'Hare checkpoint Nov. 3 with seven knives and other weapons in his carry-on. He was discovered as he tried to board a plane."
What is it going to take to get a true security system
in place in this country? I feel like "The Powers That Be" are taking the "Let's Wait and See" approach to serious security breaches. (What a F$ing JOKE!)
is right on. How can a government body as "powerful" as the FAA demand that foreign countries/ airlines abide by high security standards while they sit back and let lapses like these take place in our own airports! Two months after Sept. 11th and, in my opinion, security has not improved all that much, if at all.
BTW, I'm still waiting for that "sweeping overhaul" by Argenbright. Seems to me that they (Argenbright, FAA, Congress) might just be trying to "sweep" this incident, and others, under the carpet while our attention is pointed elsewhere.