Role of airport screening officers under scrutiny
On Sept. The bag belonged to Skylar Murphy, then 18, of Spruce Grove, Alta., who said he had forgotten the bomb was in the bag. He was planning to blow up a shed with a friend for fun and photograph it, according to court documents.The device was filled with black powder and made out of a metal pipe about 15 centimetres long, with two threaded end caps and a fuse measuring more than two metres long sticking out of one end.RCMP believed Murphy “didn’t have any intent to blow up the airport, blow up a plane, whatever,” Crown prosecutor Trent Wilson told court, transcripts for the Dec. 5 hearing detail.Court heard testimony from Murphy that he and a friend did research on the Internet to learn how to make the pipe bomb. Murphy obtained the gunpowder by stealing bullets from his mother’s fiance, an Alberta sheriff.In a statement, Michelle Davio, a spokeswoman for Alberta Justice, said an independent RCMP investigation determined the sheriff had no knowledge of nor role in constructing the device.RCMP we re notified four days after the incident and when Murphy returned to Edmonton on Sept. 27, police were waiting for him and arrested him.”And your grandfather and your family would be visiting you in that jail,” she said. “And you would probably be learning Spanish by now, if you survived. I doubt you would have survived.”Murphy pleaded gui hollister lty to possession of an explosive substance and was sentenced to one year of probation. He was also fined $100 and ordered to donate $500 to the University of Alberta Hospital’s burn unit. The incident is calling into question screening procedures and the training that officers receive.CATSA spokesman Mathieu Larocque said to be a screening officer, employees must be securitycleared, then undergo training and take exams to be certified.”They go through initial training and then they have mandatory onthe job training throughout their careers,” he said.Officers screen passengers and their belongings to ensure “potential threat items do not make their way past the checkpoints and onto aircraft,” Larocque said. CATSA’s regulations are handed down by Transport Canada.If officers see something that’s potentially illegal or criminal, they are to call police immediately.”At major airports like Edmonton there is a p hollister olice presence at the airport all the time, so there are procedures in place to contact police and police will respond within minutes,” he said.Larocque said officers do not have the power to detain passengers, and are instead advised to continue the screening process until police arrive and “take over the situation.” A supervisor is always on the floor, Larocque said.In the case of the September pipe bomb incident, Larocque said procedures were not followed.”When you see somethin hollister g that is potentially illegal or criminal or suspicious, or if you’re not sure, the screening officer has to immediately advise police . that did not happen,” he said.Edmonton Centre MP Laurie Ha hollister wn, who has served on the standing committee on public safety and national security, said he felt disbelief and concern when he heard about the incident.”My personal opinion is the employees involved should be fired,” he said.more Video: National Day of HonourTuition hike of 3.8 per cent for U of R studentsBy raising tuition, reducing administrative costs and eliminating vacant senior positions the University of Regina balanced its 2014 15 operating budget for the 20th consecutive year. The U of R Board of Governors approved the more than $200 million budget on Thursday.