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Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:44 pm

I have worked at many airports in my life (MDW,CVG,ORD,IND,ATL,PIT) and I really cant see this really happening.And letting him shadow her seriously?

Man accused of impersonating airline employee at Eppley

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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:48 pm

Alright guys... so which one of you Anetters was it. Fess up now, don't have to hide it.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:25 pm

Quoting boeingkid (Thread starter):

I have worked at many airports in my life (MDW,CVG,ORD,IND,ATL,PIT) and I really cant see this really happening

   Working at an airline, especially at a relatively small station like OMA, is like high school. Breakroom talk -- everyone knows everything, and word gets around quick. Amazes me that the station manager or a supervisor didn't get wind of the "shadowing agent" they had in town.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:29 pm

Quoting mmedford (Reply 1):
Alright guys... so which one of you Anetters was it. Fess up now, don't have to hide it.

  

It depends if the person has contacts with another airline employee
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:48 pm

I particularly like this thought by his attorney........"Foster simply wanted to take advantage of the perks afforded to airline employees, such as better seats and free upgrades."



Yeah, it's all good if you don't mind the middle seat or waiting around the airport all day......
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:49 pm

Who'd really want to use SHARES if they weren't getting paid for it?
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:07 pm

I find this interesting. He had a fake airport badge and shadowed an agent. However one quick question about what his file number was should have turned them on. If he was trying to non-rev, I wonder how that would have worked.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:13 pm

The gate agent allowed someone to piggy back in to secured areas ? He didn't have a local airport badge or visitors badge and the agent didn't check with her manager or supervisor ?

That whole staton needs to be re trained in SIDA.
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:42 am

What happens to him depends on if that Portland SIDA badge is real or not.

If it's a fake, then he broke Federal Laws and is in deep doo doo.

If it's real, then all he did was enter secured areas without permission. Not too awfully bad.

I wonder if UA will "no fly list" him because of this?
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:50 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 4):
I particularly like this thought by his attorney........"Foster simply wanted to take advantage of the perks afforded to airline employees, such as better seats and free upgrades."



Yeah, it's all good if you don't mind the middle seat or waiting around the airport all day......

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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:01 am

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 6):
I find this interesting. He had a fake airport badge and shadowed an agent. However one quick question about what his file number was should have turned them on. If he was trying to non-rev, I wonder how that would have worked.

That is what I thought too. And all the internal acronyms that get thrown around....just having someone stare back at me when using one of the many division codes would have tipped me. I dunno...I think there is more to the story folks.....someone else is involved and 'covered'. Be interesting to see how this unfolds
  
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:24 am

This guy was a former airline employee, he knew what he was doing was wrong. I was a ramp/customer service for a few years, and as a gate agent I would never let someone watch me on my computer other than co-workers. Also as a non rev getting stuck in major hubs like ORD, and LAX a lot, you get to know a lot of the gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants. On several occasions I would get stuck, see a agent or pilot I knew and was told to follow them to the crew room for the night, but declined since I didn't have a sida badge for that airport. After a couple of years, at my station I started doing a lot of TDY work at hubs and smaller outstations. I acquired quite the lanyard of airport sida badges. Then I would stay in the crew rooms when getting stuck non reving. This guy should face charges, along with the employees of the airline that allowed this to happen. They also knew this was a big no no.
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:22 am

I wonder if he was inspired by Frank Abagnale.....
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:35 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 4):
"Foster simply wanted to take advantage of the perks afforded to airline employees, such as better seats and free upgrades."

Yeah, that made me chuckle.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 6):
He had a fake airport badge

Sounds like it was a real one, however no longer valid since he left SkyWest (which, contrary to the article, is not a subsidiary of United, but a regional partner).

Which is still a federal offense for him to use it, as it was no longer valid.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 6):
However one quick question about what his file number was should have turned them on

If he worked for SkyWest, he wouldn't have a United file number.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:08 am

"Foster simply wanted to take advantage of the perks afforded to airline employees, such as better seats and free upgrades."

Don't forget the other Airline perks like, Working on Christmas, 3 Paycuts, and getting stuck on midnights with Tues/Wed's for days off
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:49 pm

Quoting nitefury (Reply 15):
Don't forget the other Airline perks like, Working on Christmas, 3 Paycuts, and getting stuck on midnights with Tues/Wed's for days off

You get Tues AND Weds off??.......consecutively?? You must be senior  
Quoting type-rated (Reply 8):
I wonder if UA will "no fly list" him because of this?

I wonder if DHS/TSA will 'no fly list' him because of this.
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:47 pm

He just wanted to take advantage of airline perks.

Don't be too hard on however the person is.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:25 pm

If he did receive any perks from UA because of his impersonation then that would be considered "theft of services". UA could file charges against him and then ask for reimbursement for said services on top of that.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:56 am

Quoting AF351 (Reply 17):
He just wanted to take advantage of airline perks.

I don't understand why people think that. There was literally nothing he could do to get any benefit an employee would get, as that would require an actual record in the system. And employees do not get any special treatment or perks when buying a full revenue ticket.... they are just another passenger.

He wanted to stay current in the business, and did it in the absolute worst way possible. Had he not flashed his badges, it's likely that even if the agent believed his story, that he would not be facing felony charges.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:45 pm

One thing I don't understand is why he still had his badge from working with Sky West at PDX. Wouldn't he have been required to relinquish it when he left his job?
Also, even though my job has no security-related aspects whatsoever, I'd find it odd if a stranger said that he or she wanted to "shadow" me on the job, I'd certainly let my supervisor know.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:54 pm

Hi!

This guy must be an anetter!

But seriously I would have cut the guy some slack. I mean what harm has he actually done? He told them he was an employee and hung out for a few weeks, maybe walked into a few secure areas. They should offer this guy a job seeing he's so desperate to work for them! Then he could hang around and walk around wherever he wants without getting in trouble!

Just my opinion based on what limited stuff I read.

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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:18 am

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 20):
But seriously I would have cut the guy some slack.

That's probably a sure way to lose your own job.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 20):
I mean what harm has he actually done? He told them he was an employee and hung out for a few weeks, maybe walked into a few secure areas. They should offer this guy a job seeing he's so desperate to work for them! Then he could hang around and walk around wherever he wants without getting in trouble!

If he's attended ANY SIDA training, and it appears he has, he should know that everything he was doing was not only against regulations, but against the law. I feel NO sympathy for him.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:32 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 4):

I particularly like this thought by his attorney........"Foster simply wanted to take advantage of the perks afforded to airline employees, such as better seats and free upgrades."

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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:07 am

Quoting PROSA (Reply 19):
One thing I don't understand is why he still had his badge from working with Sky West at PDX. Wouldn't he have been required to relinquish it when he left his job?

Yes, but sometimes an employee just stops showing up and never turns in their credentials. A fine is usually assessed and the badge itself is deactivated, but it's possible that an employee could hold on to it and it would continue to appear perfectly valid until swiped. Of course, anyone who holds on to an ID badge isn't going to be getting a new one (say, if he or she returns to the airport to work for a different employer) anytime soon.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 20):
But seriously I would have cut the guy some slack. I mean what harm has he actually done? He told them he was an employee and hung out for a few weeks, maybe walked into a few secure areas. They should offer this guy a job seeing he's so desperate to work for them! Then he could hang around and walk around wherever he wants without getting in trouble!

No. If he can't be bothered to go through the traditional and legal means of gaining employment with an airline, who knows what other laws and regulations he'll ignore/disregard just because it would make his life more difficult otherwise? Especially if he already held an airport ID badge, which, as mayor mentioned, would mean that he knew exactly what he was doing.
 
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:11 am

Makes me wonder why he was no longer working for Skywest. Very suspicious to me.
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RE: Man Accused Of Impersonating Airline Employee

Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:58 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 24):
Makes me wonder why he was no longer working for Skywest. Very suspicious to me.

It seems that he didn't last long at the hotel, either. Very suspicious. Or he's just very lazy.
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