JFK Workers Say Security Searches Are Rushed

Workers are set to file a formal complaint Thursday

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    JFK Airport security workers say they're often rushed to complete searches of planes, because the airlines would rather be on time. News 4's Marc Santia reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012)

    JFK Airport security workers charge they're often rushed to complete searches of planes for items left behind by passengers.

    The allegations are contained in a formal complaint set to be filed with the Transportation Security Administration on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

    The complaint is being filed by 30 of the 120 workers employed at Kennedy by a contractor, Global Elite Group of Garden City, Long Island.

    Their duties include looking for items left behind, including weapons, explosives and drugs. They're supposed to open every overhead bin, flip down each tray table and search all back seat pockets.

    They say if a plane arrives behind schedule they are pushed to rush through the searches.

    Global Elite said "We would never put the flying public at risk, ever, ever."

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