Checkpoint 7: Smoky solution to unguarded exit at MSP Airport

At the far south end of baggage claim you'll find the exit where international passengers arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

It was here, exactly one month ago, that a passenger who arrived from France ducked out for a quick cigarette, and when he finished smoking walked right back through the exit when someone came out.

Checkpoint 7: The unguarded exit at MSP Airport

TSA's solution? Simply cover the glass with an opaque film so no one can see what's on the other side.

Arriving from Amsterdam, Roman Polette thought it seemed like someone just closed the curtains.

"Usually you have agents by the entry way," he noted.

He's right. The other exits all have TSA agents standing guard, but TSA doesn't consider the area beyond these doors a secure or "sterile" area, even though the stairs and elevators lead right up to Checkpoint 7, where international passengers enter the G concourse. Because passengers have just gone through customs, identification and tickets aren't required.

Checkpoint 7, by the way, is the same checkpoint where three passengers from Tokyo recently slipped through an unguarded metal detector.

In fact, at the other end of baggage claim, two passengers from Minot, N.D. also recently slipped out for a smoke, and walked right past a distracted TSA agent.

Fox 9 has TSA also plans the smoky glass treatment for that exit as well. TSA has had little to say about any of these security breaches, making the agency about as transparent as their new glass.


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