Andrew Thomas Quoted in Charlotte Observer

01/18/2011

Andrew ThomasDr. Andrew Thomas, assistant professor of marketing and international business, was quoted in a January 13 Charlotte (N.C.) Observer story on a security breach at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

The story reports that a JetBlue ticket agent lost his job after a sting operation in which he took a bribe from an undercover inspector for the Transportation Security Administration in exchange for agreeing to get a package on a flight to Boston.

This security breach occurred on Nov. 19, just four days after a 16-year-old apparently was able to stow away in the wheel well of a jet in Charlotte.

Thomas, a recognized expert on aviation security, said he was heartened to learn of the undercover operation in Charlotte.

"There's been concern that TSA has been overwhelmingly concerned about checkpoints at the expense of other things, like corrupt insiders," he said.  "This is the way you really see the vulnerabilities in the system. ... It puts those who might think about doing something like this on alert."

Thomas is a bestselling author who has written several books including Aviation Insecurity: The New Challenges of Air Travel and Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies.  He is also editor of the three- volume book set Aviation Security Management.  Thomas is the Founding-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transportation Security and founder of AirRage.org.

Full Charlotte Observer story:  JetBlue agent at Charlotte/Douglas took bribe, TSA finds