Ok, so I'm a blogging fool lately (and the boss isn't even in the office, go figure), but good blog topics just keep arriving in my inbox.
I just read an article about a security review being issued for Pearson International Airport in Toronto by the Transport Minister after he was allowed to walk unchallenged onto the tarmac. That's a big security oops.
A clearly unhappy Baird today warned the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the airport's operator, to take the security breach seriously.
"There were doors that were unlocked, no security present that would allow anyone from the street to be able to walk in," Baird told reporters. "What I saw was simply unacceptable. And if the Toronto airport authority doesn't share that view, that causes me even more concern," Baird said.
Here's some even harsher words from Senator Colin Kenny who was with Baird during the test of airport security, who said the airport authority needs to get "off its ass" and step up vigilance.
"The bottom line is they have been doing a lousy job in security at the airport," he said in an interview with the paper.
You may recall I wrote an article not long ago about Toronto Pearson in regards to the streamlining of their credentialing system (also there's a video on sdnTVnews with Quantum's Laurie Aaron about the project), and it sounded like the airport was taking measures to improve its security and make it as efficient as possible. Apparently they missed a few steps though.
EDITORIAL UPDATE: Here's a response by from the higher ups at the airport authority.
"Through training, education, changes to policies and protocols, we will improve airport security," wrote Lloyd McCoomb, president and CEO of the airport authority, in a response letter to the public. "I fully expect to hear commentary about people's perception of security at the airport and I anticipate additional criticism from all quarters. I expect to be challenged and I should be challenged."
Sounds like this incident was enough to get the authority up and off their...