If there’s an issue that unites Republicans and Democrats this election cycle, it’s the threat of terrorism. And as Donald Trump himself says, no one would be talking about immigration if it weren’t for him.Yes, we need to secure the border – but the imaginary line separating Mexico and the United States isn’t the only place where illegal immigrants and terrorists slip through.
Apparently, they can just sail right through the airport without even showing a passport. Think that’s nuts? Think again.The New York Daily News says Passengers arriving at Kennedy Airport on an international flight were allowed to exit the busy hub without going through Customs — for at least the second time in recent months, the Daily News has learned.
Bumbling airline and security officials let travelers on American Airlines Flight 1223 from Cancun, Mexico, out of the airport on Monday morning without having their passports or bags checked, sources told The News.
The security lapse mirrored a similar incident involving another American Airlines flight in November.A 34-year-old man who had been in Cancun to attend three Phish concerts told The News he was able to glide from the plane to the baggage claim area without having to endure the usual maze of Customs and Border Protection security checks.
“It’s absolutely absurd,” the business adviser said. “To think that anyone could be walking off of that plane and just get right into the city. It could be terrorists, El Chapo’s henchmen, anyone.”
Neither the TSA, which screens passengers before they fly, nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, responded to a request for comment.Gosh, I’m not surprised. Why would the TSA or any of our federal agencies entrusted with our safety want to admit maybe they weren’t doing that great a job? And while we’re on the subject of odd rhetorical questions, why would our president be so enthusiastic about handing over billions to the number one state sponsor of terrorism? Yeah, I know, never mind. I ask too many questions.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]