Posted: May 16, 2012 1:20 PM by The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - According to a senior Homeland Security Department official, commercial air travel is at risk from terrorists who might quietly get jobs at airports so they can attack from within sensitive areas.
It hasn't happened yet. But a security supervisor at the airport in Newark, N.J., is facing charges that nearly 20 years ago he assumed the identity of a New York man who was later murdered.
The incident raised questions about whether the Transportation Security Administration knows the true identities of people working in secure areas at airports.
At a hearing today by the House Homeland Security Committee, assistant TSA administrator John Sammon said he couldn't assure lawmakers that there are no other such cases around the country.
And the acting inspector general at the TSA says people who pose a threat can get government security badges for U.S. airports, because the agency doesn't do enough to investigate the backgrounds of badge applicants.
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