Arrest of TSA Employee Prompts Schumer to Take Action

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - The recent case of a Buffalo TSA employee, accused of helping an alleged drug dealer breach security at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, has caught the attention of United State Senator Charles Schumer. Schumer wants the airport to become a test site for new technology. If selected, the Department of Homeland Security would install devices that would scan a passengers identification. Once scanned, the machine would cross check the identification with other databases.

"The machine would scan the passenger's identification," said Schumer. "It cross checks their ticket, criminal databases, the no-fly list, and the customs and border protection database."

The push for new technology comes after the arrest of Minetta Walker, a 9 year TSA Employee. The criminal complaint says that Walker used her position to usher drug traffickers through the airport with large sums of drug money. Schumer says the arrest is a wake-up call.

"I'm furious at this person," added Schumer. "She not only took the safety of others in hand, but the trust of all the hard workers and gave it a bad reputation."

There's no word yet when officials at the Department of Homeland Security will decide what airports receive the new technology.