Virginia airport forced to issue security badge to felon

02/5/2010 | Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

A Virginia congressman says he is "outraged" that Richmond International Airport in Virginia was forced by the TSA to issue a high-level security clearance to a convicted felon. "This is a matter of national security, and our citizens deserve better," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., wrote in a letter to acting TSA administrator Gale Rossides. The Capital Region Airport Commission had originally denied an all-access badge to the TSA employee after discovering he had committed felony robbery at age 17. But TSA responded that the applicant met federal security standards and ordered the airport to issue the badge. The airport's CEO called the TSA action "unconscionable."

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