The man circumvented normal security measures that would have restricted his
access based on his key card. He climbed the fence and got to the run way. A bit
too easy to do? Definitely. From there, he proceeded to the plane. I don't
believe commercial airplanes have locks on them or ignitions. The deterrent
tends to be the fact that only knowledgeable pilots would be able to start the
airplane and only after gaining access. Notice how he didn't get very far
even with his skills. Planes are large and it's hard to get it into take
off position alone. The St George airport meets and exceed all
safety regulations. Should those change? Maybe. However, the fault on this
can't be placed on Skywest realistically. I just hope that there isn't
an overreaction and we end up with even more miserable flying experiences
because of it.Honestly, this article screamed "be afraid, be
very afraid!" There are potential problems, but nothing to get hysterical
over. Regardless of security measures, a determined person will gain access and
potentially cause problems.
Watch and listen to the Saint George City and Washington County officials.
According to them, SG is a safe, happy little hamlet full of fine LDS and those
who think "just like we do" .Hey, no problems with anything around
here. One "fine gentleman on hand for security at the airport is doing a
fine and thoroughly adequate job"!