September 11 Digital Archive

Security Warnings Went Unheeded

securitywarnings.PDF

Title

Security Warnings Went Unheeded

Subject

Airports--Security measures--United States
Airline passenger security screening
Terrorism--United States--Prevention‚Äč

Description

A news article that discusses the many ways in which Brian Sullivan attempted to enact safer security measures at airports prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Sullivan, a former special agent for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), worked with a local television crew to expose gaps in security at Logan Airport in early 2001. Unfortunately, Sullivan's work did not provide the impetus to rework security measures, so in August 2001, he wrote a letter to Senator John Kerry to express his concerns. Kerry asked the Department of Transportation's Inspector General to investigate, but the FAA responded that they were continuing "to address security issues raised by the video presentation." Three weeks later, the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred.

Creator

Chris Hansen

Source

NBC News

Date

September 16, 2001

Contributor

Brian Sullivan, FAA Special Agent (Retired)

Citation

Chris Hansen, “Security Warnings Went Unheeded,” September 11 Digital Archive, accessed September 20, 2019, http://911digitalarchive.org/items/show/98527.