City leaders are demanding a public hearing on airport security after two widely publicized security breaches called into question the safety of the San Jose airport.
On Aug. 4, a 64-year-old homeless woman arrested seven times this year for trying to sneak on planes without a ticket managed to hop on a plane at the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Airport officials dismissed the incident, arguing that she wasn’t a danger because she passed a TSA screening.
Months earlier, in April, a 16-year-old from Santa Clara managed to sneak onto the Tarmac and scramble into the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound plane.
“After the second substantial security breach in recent months at our airport, serious questions arise to which the public has a right to know the answer,” council members Pete Constant and Sam Liccardo write in a joint memo to the Rules and Open Government Committee. “A public hearing will enable city staff from the airport, the Transportation Security Administration, and any other relevant experts to identify the steps that have been taken, and that need to be taken, to address vulnerabilities in airport security.”
More from the San Jose Rules and Open Government Committee agenda for Aug. 13, 2014:
- David Wall wonders, facetiously, if San Jose will turn one of its fire stations into a brothel.
- Sharon Erickson, city auditor, shared her work plan for the year ahead. ON the list: a look at employee charge cards, customer call handling and public works facilities management, among other things.
- Since a 2012 law dissolved all redevelopment agencies, Santa Clara County has withheld about $14 million in tax revenue that would have gone to San Jose’s agency. The city wants to oppose a proposed state law that would reinforce the county’s ability to withhold that amount. Right now, the city says the county’s diversion of funds is unlawful.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260