San Jose: Security breach at airport

Saratoga woman misses flight

By Lisa Fernandez


Posted: 04/08/2011 07:11:40 AM PDT

Someone apparently walked through the security gates without properly being checked Friday at the airport in San Jose, and at least one Saratoga woman will miss out on a couple days of vacation.

In an interview from Mineta San Jose International Airport, Sandra Wheatley said the entire airport was on “standstill” starting at 5:50 a.m. Friday. She heard Transportaion Security Administration agents say someone had “breached security” in Terminal B.
Apparently, nothing too major occurred, because the lines began moving 40 minutes later, Wheatley reported.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez did not immediately have too many details, other than the breach wasn’t very long and that no one was arrested.
Still, Wheatley said US Airways let her 6:25 a.m. flight go without her. And so she missed her flight to Phoenix, where she was going to eventually head to Mexico.
She said she witnessed a major lack of communication between the TSA and the airline, and can’t figure out why the flight would leave without her when the entire airport was on a temporary lockdown.
“But nothing surprises me anymore,” she said.

She was not offered anything by US Airways, either: “They were very laissez-faire about it,” she said.
As for how upset she is, Wheatley said she’ll hop on another plane on Sunday with her family, even though she had been trying to fly out alone and have two days on the beach alone.
“I was up at 4 a.m. today,” she said. “I guess I’m too tired to be angry.”


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