Ross Hershberger says: "This is a story relating to Homeland Security Theater. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel was able to drive a van onto a runway at Sea-Tac to pick up a military passenger with no challenge, inspection, attention or concern from security personnel. Subsequent investigation revealed no problems with the airport's security measures."
"We were sitting there, the engine idling, nobody around, when all of a sudden I realized: We're out on the goddamn runway," [retired army lieutenant colonel Greg] Alderete recalled. "We're in a gassed-up, seven-passenger van, and no one really knows who we are. We have an unobstructed path to the main runways, the commercial gates, the whole place. It was unbelievable."
No one asked their names or screened them or the van. Both were in civilian clothes.
"Within 30 seconds we could have been flooring it down the runway," Clodfelter says. "They couldn't have stopped us."
"With a van full of weapons we could have shut down the entire aviation system," Alderete said.