Video Shows Guy Skip TSA Security, Board Plane

Damarias Cockerham walked through an unused metal detector in Dallas
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2016 9:15 AM CDT

He didn't have a ticket, or even ID, yet a 25-year-old man was able to board a plane in Dallas last July. Authorities say Damarias Cockerham, caught on surveillance video, walked through a security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport "without being stopped by a TSA agent" and boarded an American Airlines flight to Guatemala; once aboard, he spoke with his girlfriend for four minutes. He was then kicked off the plane by a ticket agent who chased him, though police didn't arrive for another 14 minutes, reports CBS DFW. Cockerham eventually told authorities "he made some bad choices" but "didn't want his girlfriend going down there and being with the wrong guy," a police report reads, per the Dallas Morning News.

Police say search dogs "exhibited a positive response for the presence of energetic materials" in Cockerham's vehicle, parked at a nearby curb, but nothing dangerous was ever found. Cockerham—who slipped through an unused metal detector as a TSA agent looked at his cellphone—pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and was handed a 90-day jail term. A former Dallas police chief says the surveillance video should now be used as training for "every security personnel within the entire air world." The TSA, which is still investigating, says it has "made a number of adjustments to checkpoints, including adding glass panel barriers and enhanced passenger routing gates, which were installed at all checkpoints within a month." (This breach is almost as embarrassing.)

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