Sen. Nelson focuses on airport employee security checks

- Tightening up airport security usually involves scrutinizing passengers. But there is another group that is now in the spotlight: Airport employees.

Only three of our nation's 300 airports require workers to show their badge before they start their shift. They include Orlando, Miami and Atlanta, but not Tampa International Airport.

"It is a little eye-opening," said Erin Selby, who was on her way from Tampa to Providence on Tuesday.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson wants to require all airport employees to show identification before they clock in. 

Airport security is once again a hot topic in the wake of several disturbing events.  Last month, Homeland Security released a report saying that 73 airport workers nationwide may have ties to terrorism.

Two years ago, investigators cracked down on Atlanta airport employees accused to operating a gun-smuggling ring.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to release a report in the next few weeks addressing security issues.

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