It doesn’t take much to get an airport security badge these days, even if you are a dog.
In an examination of a database of more than 1.1 million security badges for roughly 900,000 airport workers at 359 US airports, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found omissions or inaccuracies in 96,000 records, such as missing security status, birthdates and birthplaces. In one instance, a security badge was issued to a dog.
Airport operators are responsible for collecting employee data and submitting it to the nation-wide database, but TSA is responsible for requiring applicants to be properly vetted. Approximately 890,000 employees with 1.2 million active badges have access to secure areas of airports.