CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Charlotte airport’s aviation director
has blasted the Transportation Security Administration for its role
in investigating a teen stowaway, saying local airports can do a
better job of security.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Jerry Orr told members of
Congress that TSA handed over the investigation to
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and then could not provide some video
records that typically monitor employee and passenger access
Orr spoke in Washington on Wednesday before a congressional
committee on airport security.
His testimony focused on the case of 16-year-old Delvonte
Tisdale, who is thought to have stowed away inside the wheel well
of a Boston-bound US Airways jet Nov. 15.
Investigators say they think Tisdale’s body fell from the plane
when it lowered its landing gear on approach to Boston.
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