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In the hubbub of a Sea-Tac arrival, you probably never notice. But if you watch the right doors, at just about any time of day or night, you'll see what the our cameras found: A nearly constant parade of Sea-Tac workers carrying bags, backpacks, or purses as they go through. But there are no metal detectors here, no X-ray machines, and those doors lead right into the airport's most secure areas. "We can go anywhere," says an airport worker who asked us to disguise their identity. "Biggest concern that someone might bring a bomb onto the plane and blow it up."
But the Transportation Security Administration insists this is not a weak spot, because they use a multi-layered approach to security. TSA Spokesman Dwayne Baird says, "there are all kinds of people who are always watching what these people are doing." TSA describes those layers: First, all employees get thorough background checks, and they need a keycard and fingerprint to get into secured areas. Then surveillance cameras monitor restricted areas. Behavior detection officers also watch employees. And finally, teams of officers randomly set up checkpoints to screen employees and their bags. We asked how often TSA conducts their "random checks". "We do them continuous, random basis," says Baird. "We don't specify when we do them or where we do them but they're continuing." But in spite of what TSA says, employees tell us once they get on the other side of those employee doors, their bags are never checked.