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Well That Was Easy! Dallas Man Boards Plane Without Ticket or ID

© CBSDFWDamarias Cockerham walking through TSA at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Damarias Cockerham walking through TSA at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport - Sputnik International
In July 2015, a 25-year-old man boarded an airplane in Dallas without ticket or identification. "Without being stopped by a TSA agent," Damarias Cockerham passed a security checkpoint at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, made it to Gate 17 at Terminal D, and boarded an American Airlines flight to Guatemala.

He was able to pass the checkpoint because the TSA agent on duty was looking at his cell phone as Cockerham slipped through an unused metal detector.

Police did not arrive for 14 minutes, during which time Cockerham was able to chat with his girlfriend who was onboard the flight, before being ejected from the plane. The police report states that he "began crying and would not cooperate or answer any of our questions." He told authorities, "he made some bad choices" but he "didn't want his girlfriend going down there and being with the wrong guy." 

The TSA recently proposed an expansion of its fastlane-through-airport-security program, that would involve checking passengers’ “commercial data” - such as social media posts and recent purchases. - Sputnik International
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Inside Cockerham’s vehicle, parked at a nearby curb, police search dogs "exhibited a positive response for the presence of energetic materials" but no dangerous objects or materials were found,

The lovelorn would-be traveler plead guilty to criminal trespassing and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. A former Dallas chief of police said the footage of Cockherham walking past security should be shown to "every security personnel within the entire air world." 

Since the program was opened to the general public more than 800,000 travellers have been enrolled and as part of the push to boost enrollment the TSA has brought the number of its enrollment centers to over 300 locations - Sputnik International
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The TSA is still investigating, and says they have "made a number of adjustments to checkpoints, including adding glass panel barriers and enhanced passenger routing gates, which were installed at all checkpoints within a month."

It is not known whether TSA employees can continue to carry their smartphones while on duty.

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