American Eagle Airlines Statement About TSA Actions In
American Eagle Airlines agrees with the TSA that the inspection
process is an important layer of security detail.
American Eagle is confident that it followed all proper security
procedures for securing aircraft overnight at Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport. Discussing specific security procedures in
detail in a public forum could compromise the security process.
On the morning of Aug. 19, a TSA transportation security
inspector used a sensitive piece of equipment on nine American
Eagle aircraft to hoist himself up from the ground onto several jet
bridges at O'Hare. Such unorthodox inspection techniques required
additional maintenance inspections per FAA procedures, causing
delays to approximately 40 flights and inconveniencing hundreds of
If not observed by vigilant Eagle employees in Chicago, the
actions of this inspector would have been unknown and could have
jeopardized the safety of our customers and crew because of
potential damage to the sensitive equipment mounted on the aircraft
American Eagle is also concerned that the TSA inspector's method
of physically hoisting himself up to the jet bridge using a part of
the aircraft could have placed him in physical danger.