ATLANTA -- The FBI is investigating reports that a Delta Air Lines gate agent boarded several flights without going through TSA security checks, in direct violation of federal law.
According to an indictment, James Crawford is accused of using his employee badge to bypass security and board a Jan. 24 flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. He was arrested on the plane before it departed.
Crawford works as a gate agent within the Security Identification Display Area, a restricted area in Atlanta's airport. He has a special badge that gives him access to the area.
On Dec. 26, the Delta Air Lines Ethics and Compliance Office received a tip that Crawford had used his SIDA badge to skip TSA security and board several domestic and international flights.