Seven US airports are planning a 90-day test of
workers starting in May after a highly-publicized gun running episode in Orlando
the fiscal year 2008 Appropriations Bill, the pilot program will cover workers at
Boston Logan, Jacksonville International, Denver International and Kansas City
International. Other airports in the program include airports in Eugene and North
airports volunteered to participate in the pilot, for which $15 million has
been designated. The US Transportation Security Administration is conducting
In the Orlando case, employees smuggled
guns and marijuana on a flight to Puerto Rico.
meantime, Orlando began screening all workers who
have access to secure areas at a cost of $5 million in 2007, an airport
spokeswoman says, noting that Orlando and Miami
International airport are the only airports that screen workers daily.