Security Breach At North Carolina Airport Probed by Feds

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A North Carolina airport had a security breach after an airline worker scaled a fence onto the tarmac. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is already subject of an ongoing federal investigation into whether a teen stowed himself into the landing gear of a commercial airplane before takeoff.

Trenton Meadows, 38, a ramp worker for US Airways subsidiary Piedmont Airlines, was spotted on a security videotape catapulting over a chain-link fence wrapped with barbed wire on Feb. 13, the Charlotte Observer reports this week.

Meadows told authorities that he forgot his security badge so he climbed onto a garbage can and scaled the fence, according to the newspaper. When he got to the tarmac he punched in his security card numbers then took a shuttle to his car to get his badge.

"It was not a very wise choice,'' an airport spokeswoman told the newspaper. The Transporation Security Administration (TSA) is now investigating the latest breach.

The TSA has also been looking into a possible breach by a troubled teen, 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale, who may have snuck onto the tarmac past security at the same North Carolina airport and stuffed himself into a left wheel of a 737. His badly-mangled body landed on a street in a Boston suburb on the flight path to Logan Airport.

It remains unclear how the teen got on the plane. The family has said it will pursue legal claims in his death.
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