It's easier than ever to print a boarding pass from home, but you'd think one in the wrong hands would be a red flag for airport security. However, Charles Bailey unknowingly breezed through security at Tampa International Airport with another passenger's boarding pass without ever being detected.
It happened back in October when he was flying to Atlanta on business. He checked his bags curbside and was given a boarding pass, which he used to move though security checks. When he arrived at the gate and checked his boarding zone, he noticed the name on his boarding pass was "Natalie Shipley," a women he'd never met.
"When I realized it, I was startled," said Bailey.
The night before, he had printed a boarding pass with his name on it and pulled it from his briefcase and boarded his flight. He can't understand why, when he presented a woman's boarding pass with his Florida driver's license, the TSA agent signed off on it.
"I am in total disbelief," Bailey continued. "He checked my ID and boarding pass and initialed it."
FOX 13 contacted Natalie Shipley, who said she had no idea there was ever a problem because she boarded the plane late.
Bailey said he contacted FOX 13 because he wanted to sound the alarm regarding the potential security breech. FOX 13 contacted the Transportation Security Administration, which issued the following statement:
"The security screening process, which assures that any passenger does not pose a threat to the aviation system, contains many layers, both seen and unseen by the public. Every passenger, along with his or her belongings, is thoroughly screened for explosives and prohibited items before being permitted to board an aircraft."
But Bailey believes if what passengers see isn't right -- something as simple as correctly checking a boarding pass and ID -- he's worried what's unseen could pose an even more dangerous flight risk.
"It is highly disturbing, with everything that goes into today's travels to protect citizens, and this just shouldn't occur," added Bailey.
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