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Airport security needs fixing

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A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport.

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A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport.

Re: Teen stowaway survives flight (April 22). Are our airports really secure? We pay millions for security, we have to arrive at the airport hours in advance and stand in line for what seems like forever.

All of this while a young man jumps a security fence and hides in the wheel well of a large aircraft prior to takeoff.

It's hard to believe the system is so weak a teenager -- or potentially a terrorist -- could bypass the long security lines and gain access to an aircraft.

It's hard to have much faith in the system.

 

BRIAN BAXTER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 24, 2014 A12

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