Security strengthened at Sea-Tac after plane theft

Port of Seattle news briefing
Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire takes questions during a briefing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (Port of Seattle via YouTube)

Security measures have been stepped up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including the maintenance area where a ground support worker commandeered an empty plane for an unauthorized, and ultimately fatal, flight on Friday.

“You’ll see that increased presence,” Courtney Gregoire, president of the Port of Seattle Commission, said today at an informal Sea-Tac news briefing, “and we’ll keep monitoring what we need there.”

Gregoire didn’t go into detail about the nature of the security measures taken in air cargo areas. The Horizon Air plane, a Bombardier Q400 turboprop, had been parked for maintenance in one of those areas, known as Cargo 1, when airline employee Richard Russell took it out for an unauthorized flight.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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