Pilot Defends Video Critical Of San Francisco Airport Security

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A pilot who posted YouTube videos criticizing security at San Francisco International Airport said Tuesday he is shocked at the uproar they’ve created.

Chris Liu, 50, said at a press event Tuesday that he posted a video to spark a debate over airport security. He and his attorney, Don Werno, defended the footage showing how grounds crew can enter secure areas by swiping security cards and without undergoing further screening. It exposes a security lapse at the airport, they said.

“There have been numerous articles written about this security problem, and I just wanted to address it,” Liu said during a television interview. “I didn’t really think that anybody was watching YouTube, so I didn’t really think much of it.”

Werno has said his client, who has previously remained anonymous, decided to go public after reporters figured out his identity.

Liu posted the videos in late November or early December. He took them down after the Transportation Security Administration objected, Werno has said.

Liu has been suspended from a federal anti-terrorism program that let him carry a gun on planes, and the TSA is investigating whether he revealed sensitive information.

One of the clips — shot with a cell phone — shows an ax in the cockpit that is used for emergencies. Werno has said his client believes the security pilots go through is “absurd” since once they get in the cockpit they have access to a weapon.

In another video clip, Liu goes through a door that exits onto the tarmac and shows a turnstile and card scanner used by ground crew members.

Werno and Liu said they didn’t think the videos revealed anything sensitive.

“If you’re suggesting that it’s a secret, I would suggest that it’s in plain view for everybody to see,” Werno said. “Really, the issue is why aren’t (TSA officials) securing our airports, and why aren’t they doing a better job of screening the ground crews?”

The TSA has said it is confident in the security at San Francisco International Airport.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Bobo

    The TSA is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. I am more concerned abiut them that I am oabout alQueda and Obama, I mean Osama.

    Did you read about the exploding breats implants? Get ready to be groped ladies.

    Stop the madness

    • Steve

      The TSA is a terrorist organization?????

      I’m very concerned about your crack smoking habit, Bobo.

  • Richard

    Wow better he expose the lapse than an actual terrorists or idiot. Doesn’t make sense to fire him when he called attention to a problem. That’s the problem with bureaucrats they don’t like people telling them they are wrong.

  • mofro

    I do not trust the ‘security’people at SFO. Two years ago, I had a whole container of personal jewelry ‘taken’ out of my checked suitcase when it went through SFO. I filed a claim, and they claimed that no on there had taken it. I then filed a second one, which they still would not claim any blame for my loss. It contained items that my late husband had given me, and I cannot afford to replace them. It is really sad that they would do that.

  • Rich

    9/11 was an inside job. The security is a hoax. All of it. The Govt. is the real terrorist. If you dont want to believe me, Google- 9/11 blueprint for truth. Watch the Richard Gage video. Then wake the F UP.

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  • Greg

    As a member of the SFO ground crew, I can honestly say that Mr. Liu doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The level of scrutiny I go through on a daily basis with TSA officers that I am on a first name basis with, goes way beyond reasonable measures. Mr. Liu is needlessly putting at risk. the livelyhood of many innocent people.

  • Dave

    Greg, So if you are on a first name basis with the Security, then you should know that they are CSA, Covenant Aviation Security, Not the TSA. SFO is a privatized airport and not a TSA location. The uniforms look almost the same though.

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