Utah man swipes boarding pass, gets through airport security in Salt Lake City

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man gets through airport security with stolen boarding pass.

A man with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught earlier this month, authorities have disclosed. Salata, who is on the sex offender registry in Utah, grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidentally left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police. “He tried to make it seem like it was a mistake, that the boarding pass printed incorrectly, or that he grabbed the wrong boarding pass,” Vargo told the newspaper.

The day after Salata got through security in Utah, TSA officials in Washington announced enhanced security for certain inbound international flights in response to an explosion aboard a Russian passenger jet after takeoff from Egypt. TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers said an agent made a mistake in identifying Salata, but the man was properly screened to determine if he was carrying anything dangerous. “There are multiple layers of security in place,” Dankers said in an email to the newspaper. Court records show he was cited for trespassing by police at the University of Utah twice in recent weeks – once before and once after the airport incident.

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