EVERYONE Goes Through Security
He could have been
president... and ANN is forever in his debt for "inventing"
the Internet. His documentary won an Oscar... and he brought global
warming to the forefront of world issues. Any way you look at it,
everyone knows who he is, and a man of such stature requires
special service, even at the airport. Right?
Wrong. So found out one American Airlines employee Wednesday who
led former Vice President Al Gore and two staffers around an
airport security line. The employee, who has not been identified,
will be required to re-take an airport security training
But fear not, Al Gore and company were spotted by police
following the security line breach and were screened, said an
According to Nashville International Airport spokeswoman Lynne
Lowrance, the AA employee led the group to the lower baggage level,
"swiping" each of them through a secure turnstile with her security
This left the poor airport officer assigned to escort Gore to
his gate tapping his toe at the security checkpoint, where the
former Vice President never came through. Gore and his party were
soon found at the gate for their flight.
The officer asked the group if they had been through security,
and when they said they hadn't, they were taken back and fully
screened. Gore did not complain and cooperated fully, Lowrance
"Everyone goes through security," she said of the employee's
action. "It showed bad judgment. They were trying to be helpful,
maybe too helpful."
American Airlines spokesman John Hotard said that he company
does not discuss security issues.
According to Gore
Communications Director Kalee Kreider, his staff usually notifies
airports where he will be flying to ensure they know the former
vice president will be coming through.
"I was there, and we didn't know if standards had changed or
what," she said. "There are different policies at different
airports and you basically do what you're asked to do."
Gore was traveling to deliver his presentation on, surprise,
global warming, at the University of Miami.