Insecure pin codes for access to planes at LAX

Whilst sitting around waiting for my flight up from LAX to SFO today, I happened to be sitting where I could easily see the number pad for opening the doors out to the plane.

After watching both a pilot and hostess enter in their access codes, I began to wonder if there was any security at all in the PIN number they use. I'm not going to repeat what buttons I saw them push, but the sequence was quite easily observed...and easily remembered. I've never taken any real notice of this before, but I'm sure if I was thoughtful about it, recording the sequence would have been close to trivial with a video camera installed in a mobile phone whilst maintaining some degree of denyability.

The first problem here is observability. There is no privacy for the touch pad itself from casual observers. The security of the key entry relies on the body of the person entering in the PIN.

The second problem is that I could not see the use of or requirement for any other access control mechanism required - no swipe card of any sort.

So while TSA is making sure you can't carry on any lipstick or toothpaste, there seems to be little to stop a random person from walking down the air bridge, if they're observant enough.

Comments:

This is not considered the primary security line. That lock is there for your safety, no one elses. You were sitting there watching this having already been screened with no weapons on your, what danger could you pose to an aircraft?...your boarding one and sitting right inside it aren't you? If you were to wonder around airside, you could get lost, hit by a baggage tug, slip on some crap from a honey wagaon "shit truck" get sucked up by an engine or deafened by an engine, get smacked by a rolling overhead door, or fined heavily. This has long been a question that pople ask without a response from the security people,no response because security is "not talking" they will not answer your question or they would be helping with security would they? If you think security is crap, try to go from the curbside where you drop people off through to the airside undetected. It won't happen.

Posted by No Name on December 15, 2006 at 10:35 AM PST #

In other words, another IDIOT who thinks he knows how things work work at an airport, after watching for a few minutes. It takes 1 to 2 years to figure things out while working at an airport. Media people are losers.

Posted by guest on August 09, 2007 at 01:19 AM PDT #

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