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Delta gate agent charged with bypassing TSA security
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Delta gate agent charged with bypassing TSA security

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.

The tipster said that since September 2014, Crawford had used his Delta employee flight privileges to take the trips, but never went through security before boarding the planes, according to the indictment. Delta Corporate Security notified the FBI of Crawford's travels on Jan. 16.

The indictment charges Crawford with entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements.

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