CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Transportation Security Administration is investigating a security breach involving a JetBlue Airways ticketing agent at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. It is the second investigation into a security issue at Charlotte-Douglas in recent months.
The airport s Aviation Director Jerry Orr confirmed to NewsChannel 36 that the TSA brought a piece of cargo to the JetBlue ticketing counter as part of a sting operation. The TSA told us it routinely conducts covert and undercover operations to ensure that airline employees are following safety rules and regulations.
According to WBZ-TV, which first reported the security breach, an undercover TSA agent handed over $100 and asked a JetBlue employee to place a package onto a flight heading from Charlotte to Boston. The package was reportedly put in a passenger s name without that passenger knowing.
A spokesperson for JetBlue acknowledged the incident and told NewsChannel 36 the airline is cooperating with the investigation. The ticketing agent involved in the case is no longer employed by JetBlue, according to the airline.
Multiple sources told NewsChannel 36 that the TSA sting happened in November, although no one would confirm an exact date.
This is the second investigation into security issues at Charlotte-Douglas in the past three months. In November, 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale somehow got past security to stow-away inside the wheel well of a US Airways flight from Charlotte to Boston. Tisdale fell out of the wheel well as the plane approached Boston s Logan Airport. The 16-year-old sophomore from North Meck High School was killed.
A task force involving the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the TSA and other law enforcement personnel has been formed to investigate the Tisdale security breach. Officials have kept details of that investigation private,saying only that the investigation is ongoing.