Teenage prank raises aviation security questions

08/16/2010 | Google

Three Florida youngsters have sparked an aviation security debate after they flew unaccompanied from Jacksonville, Fla., to Nashville, Tenn., with no I.D.s and no questions. The three travelers, aged 15, 13 and 11, were too young to have driver's licenses yet still managed to purchase and clear security. Richard Bloom, an aviation security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, says the incident highlights a potential weakness that terrorists could exploit. "[I]n other parts of the world, young people are engaged in weapons, planting bombs, testing security," he says. But TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz says the system worked: "Our mission is to make sure that all passengers, regardless of age, are screened thoroughly to make sure they don't pose a threat to the aviation system."

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