Airport Security

How should screeners be screened?

Erlinda Valencia has done a good job during her fourteen years as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). During one particularly active two-week period in 2000, she alerted authorities to the presence of a loaded handgun in one carryon bag and a hand grenade in another. For these and other actions, the former teacher from the Philippines has received numerous commendations from her employers and the airport....

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About the Author

James B. Goodno reports on labor, politics, and urban affairs from California. He has covered airport issues for San Mateo Labor and KQED-TV’s "This Week in Northern California."