An agent from the Transportation Safety Administration, conducting “security checks” without the supervision of qualified aircraft personnel, damaged nine regional jets by using the aircraft’s sensor probes as handholds to climb the fuselage.
Fortunately the maintenance crew noticed the probes were all giving the same error, and grounded the planes for repair. About forty American Airlines flights were affected by the grounding of the aircraft. At least this time they caught the problem before it involved a crash instead of a delay.
I’m with the ANN—the genius responsible needs to face criminal charges, and so should his bosses. Someone who doesn’t know how to work safely around aircraft has no business near them without the oversight of a person who can tell him “Don’t touch that.” If the government wants to put on a show of security, it must do so without compromising actual safety.