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Airport Security / Screeners’ Complaints / Ortega #782280

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 04, 2005
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(Studio: Campbell Brown) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: Don Teague) Airport screeners’ claims of security lapses featured; details given of complaints about inadequate training at Atlanta’s airport and cheating on security tests at San Francisco's airport. [Transportation Security Administration/union spokesperson John SUMMEROUR†, screener Rick DAILY†- comment on the focus on pushing passengers through quickly.] [TSA Willie WILLIAMS†- says nothing comes above security.] [Covenant Aviation Security employee Gene BENCOMO††- comments on the cheating.] [Covenant president Gerry BERRY†- says we cannot substantiate Bencomo’s claims.] [Aviation security expert Michael BOYD†- says there is no consistent training.]

(Studio: Campbell Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega††’s claims of rude treatment at US airports featured; details given of the blame game between the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department over the placement on Ortega’s name on a terror watch list. [Ortega’s spokesman Msgr. Jose Felix PEREZ†- comments on the Cardinal’s treatment.] [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER – refers questions to Department of Homeland Security.] [Cuba expert Philip PETERS†- says it’s astounding.]

Brown, Campbell;
Teague, Don;
Mitchell, Andrea

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