bennett123
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TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:50 am

I flew out of JFK last night with AA, and flew that I need to comment on the TSA.

Firstly, the good news. They seem to be doing a reasonable screening job although the layout of the screening area could be improved with better signposting.

Then the bad news.

I was passing through Terminal 8 heading for AA116 outbound. After I passed the TSA area going towards gate 10, I saw a group of passengers getting off an AA aircraft at gate 4 or 6. These people passed straight of a TSA staffer, who seemed to be stting taking a break in the gate area, they then continued towards the arrivals area.

The point is that these passengers were then mixing with passengers from a flight who had passed through TSA and would go straight onto the aircraft with no further checking.

I have always understood that it is a basic principle of airport security that you do not mix incoming and outgoing passengers airside.

Am I missing something here.
 
MarshalN
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:54 am

I think for American domestic flight they don't care -- pax share the same terminal and go in/out the same way. It is only on international flights that it matters.
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:01 am

I understood that Terminal 8 was international only.

Besides, there was nothing to stop someone on that flight passing something to me which I could then take to LHR.
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:24 am

Hmmm, you're right. Sorry, I don't have the flight numbers memorized. Since you were flying out to LHR -- yeah, that would be extremely bad form. Usually the pathways for entering/exiting are separate and often alarms will sound if someone goes through the wrong door. I wonder why this wasn't the case... hmmm
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:25 am

I had trouble understanding what you wrote, but this is what I believe should happen. In the United States it doesn't matter if passengers from incoming our outgoing flights mix. If you are in the secured area then you passed through TSA screening somewhere within the United States at least once which is all you need. The flight you saw deplaning must have been a domestic flight since passengers from international flights do not mix with other passengers. International passengers go straight to immigration unlike in other countries and then must be rescreened before entering the gate area again. International and domestic flights depart side by side at many airports in the United States with no different security procedures.

If I understand what you are saying, then nothing wrong happened at all if the passengers were from a domestic flight and just walked into the terminal.

Quoting Bennett123 (Thread starter):
I have always understood that it is a basic principle of airport security that you do not mix incoming and outgoing passengers airside.

This is certainly not true for domestic flights within the United States. For international arriving flights it is a different situation.

[Edited 2005-09-08 19:31:03]
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bennett123
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:29 am

MY understanding is that Terminal 8 is International only.
 
roseflyer
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:34 am

Does American operate any international fights out of Terminal 8 that are from preclearance airports so that passengers would not need to go through immigration? Or does American use gates at terminal 8 occasionally for domestic traffic?

[Edited 2005-09-08 19:38:19]
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:36 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 5):
MY understanding is that Terminal 8 is International only.

interesting...I took AA Flight 116 just a few weeks ago.....I didn't notice the same thing (came on a connecting flight from DFW)......the TSA lines different and there didn't seem to be any "mixing"..
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:54 am

Last night AA178 from SFO arrived at gate 6 and AA952 from MIA arrived at gate 3.
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 3:46 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 2):
Besides, there was nothing to stop someone on that flight passing something to me which I could then take to LHR.

It's not really an issue - the people coming off of that flight were screened by the TSA wherever they departed from, so therefore there couldn't be any contraband items that they could hand you.
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 4:52 am

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 9):
It's not really an issue - the people coming off of that flight were screened by the TSA wherever they departed from, so therefore there couldn't be any contraband items that they could hand you.

Exactly. I don't understand the problem in regards to security (TSA). Incoming pax (that haven't left the secured area) are just as secure as outgoing pax that have already been screened.

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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:10 am

T8 is for Int'l flights on AA plus MIA departures.

Also, many domestic flights arrive there if that plane is due to continue to an int'l destination. I arroved there from MCO many times when they used to fly that route.

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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:03 am

Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 11):
Also, many domestic flights arrive there if that plane is due to continue to an int'l destination. I arroved there from MCO many times when they used to fly that route.

Did AA ever fly to MCO from JFK, if they did it must have been a very brief period during the TWA transition.
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RE: TSA At JFK

Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:08 am

I don't understand the point of this post. At a terminal there are arrivals and departures. Arriving and departing PAX mix all the time. ??? Unless you are talking about International...but International flights go through customs immediately unless they have been pre-screened.

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RE: TSA At JFK

Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:21 am

The point that I am making is that arriving passengers go through the gate area and then to the TSA. In that case the passengers de planing (who were still in the gate area) have not yet been checked, the TSA do not know what they are carrying.

At the point that I am standing in, I have already been checked and will not have any further security check pre boarding.

If am understanding the situation, then an unchecked passenger de planing can hand a package to a passenger who has already completed their security checks. That passenger now has a package that the TSA will never see and is about to board an international flight.

If that package was a bomb, then by the time that the bomb explodes, then the courier has long since vanished.
 
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RE: TSA At JFK

Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:54 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 14):
then an unchecked passenger de planing

All passengers deplaning have already been checked. There would be no problem if one of them turned around and boarded your flight to London (presuming they had the tickets and all). There are no additional security procedures done, so those passengers would not see a TSA member at the airport.

US airports are different than many others in the rest of the world. Many airports have security at each gate (due to the fact that different international flights have different security levels. In that situation deplaning passengers should be rechecked and not mix with outgoing passengers. However at US airports you will only see security once. You can get on one hundred consecutive domestic flights and only have passed through security once at your first airport. You can also go take an international flight after your hundred domestic ones and you won't be rechecked as the United States does not do any immigration checks or extra security procedures for outgoing passengers (airlines check passports and provide that information to the government).

What you saw was a simple connection from a domestic flight to an international flight. Everyone coming off that plane had been checked in Miami or wherever. All US airports served by the airlines are one single secured area and you never leave that secured area when you are on a domestic flight. International flights are different because passengers are taken to immigration immediately and do not mix with outgoing passengers.
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RE: TSA At JFK

Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:20 am

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 14):
In that case the passengers de planing (who were still in the gate area) have not yet been checked, the TSA do not know what they are carrying.

 Confused  Confused  Confused

The people coming off those airplanes flew in from another city. They were checked in the airports from which they departed. What is the problem with them mixing with outbound PAX before exiting the terminal? It happens all the time at many airports. I'm trying not to make this sound condescending, but this is such a weird topic.
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bennett123
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RE: TSA At JFK

Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:03 pm

Clearly no cause for concern.

At every airport that I have been to before arriving and departing passengers did not mix airside.