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Airport officials in Oakland, California are upset that 1,000 badges that will get you into secure areas in the Oakland International Airport are missing. That's 10 percent of the 10,000 such badges that exist.
The Port of Oakland President Phil Tagami said this, "bothers me deeply." And Tagami confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration has criticized that airport for violating its rule that no more than 5 percent of badges be missing.
Speaking of port officials, Italian officials checked the contents of a shipping container on the dock in the southern Italian town of Gioia Tauro. When they opened it, out came a well-dressed and well-groomed 43-year-old Egyptian man named Rizik Amid Farid. He had a laptop computer, two mobile phones, a Canadian passport, and airport security passes for Canada, Thailand and Egypt. He also had a certificate that said he's an aircraft mechanic... Download file "Footnotes of an America United"