Hopkins officials thank I-Team for pointing out security concerns at airport

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I TEAM is raising questions about security at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after what we saw with some doors.

Behind the Southwest Airline desk we saw an employee door propped open with no handle.

In another area, we noticed airport workers going into a door marked ‘restricted area’, but we saw one worker using a swipe card and the other simply entering behind him.

We also noticed construction workers coming and going through unlocked doors in work zones.

All of this while travelers at Hopkins wait in lines for security checks with warnings about possible terror attacks.

We showed some of our video to passengers. Donna Adams reacted, “We need to know who’s where and who’s doing what, so we can be safe. And if anyone can go anywhere…?”

As for that door with no handle, a worker told us the door gets padlocked at night and left open during the day for construction work. But the airport management thanked the I TEAM for spotting it. The airport said it would take action to get that door fixed and security there improved.

Meantime, an airport worker told us going through that restricted doorway with a swipe card is just a first step into secured areas of the airport. To get far, you’d have to go through more layers of security.

What about the construction zones? The airport admits anyone could put on a vest and walk in. However, everyone there should have a badge, and in those areas, crews have been taught to watch for folks who don’t belong there.

Bottom line, the airport says layers of security mean the I TEAM’s findings shouldn’t cause alarm. But every layer of security can be critical.

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