Security Expert Witness Opines at Air India Inquiry

Testifying as a security expert witness at the Air India inquiry, Dr. Kathlenn Sweet, said she had spotted an unlocked gate at a jet fuel depot at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Dr. Sweet, a former U.S. Air Force attaché in Moscow, was surprised to see the open gate, given the risks of a terrorist attack at an airport. She found the unlocked gate particulary alarming because she spotted it flying into Canada less than a week after U.S. authorities uncovered a plot to blow up jet fuel pipelines and storage facilities at JFK Airport.

As reported in, expert witness Dr. Sweet told the inquiry that air safety authorities should not expect to plug their security gaps with expensive new high-tech screening equipment if they are neglecting simple and cheap measures, such as locking fuel depots.