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.
SFO | Long live UA.