Chris Liu is the pilot who blew the whistle on the TSA’s poor security procedures for airline ground crews at San Francisco International Airport. He has gone public with his identify, after releasing cell phone video of security flaws. Napolitano sent six federal agents to take possession of his handgun. He lost his credentials as Federal Flight Deck Officer. See a video below.
As Liu pointed out in the video, pilots and flight crew are subjected to real-time TSA security screening while ground crew are not. “Upstairs they’re going through the metal detectors and the X-ray machines, and downstairs they’re swiping a card,” he said.
Liu, 50, has been a pilot for an unknown airline for more than a decade. He was an Army reserve helicopter test pilot, and the TSA licensed him to carry a gun in the cockpit:
“People don’t understand that when they walk through the TSA checkpoints, well, they are getting, now they are getting a groping, but they don’t understand that all those people you see outside, the ground personal, all the caterers, all the airline cleaners, they get virtually nothing,” the pilot said in an interview with ABC News.
“I wanted to give you an idea of what type of security the ground crews go through, their screening is sliding a card and going through a door. Not screened at all,” the pilot says in one clip.
In the video, you’ll hear Liu explain his video, and say he was accused of “disclosing sensitive security information.” The sensitivity, of course, is that there is little security.
Chris Liu Security Video