A major international airport has been criticised for a new measure to let passengers through security without boarding passes, setting a “terrible precedent”.

Flight attendants hit out at Pittsburgh International Airport’s decision to allow passengers through security checkpoints without a boarding pass, saying it’s a “bad idea”.

The Pennsylvania airport says this measure allows non-flyers through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) so they can access shopping and dining options.

But the flight attendant union was scathing in a statement released to Fox News.

“Allowing the non-flying public to go through security at the Pittsburgh International Airport for the sole purpose of shopping is a terrible precedent and an ill-conceived decision,” wrote Bob Ross, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), in a statement.

“Flight attendants are the last line of defence on an aircraft and as first responders, we know this move by TSA is a bad idea that needs to be reversed.

“Aviation security relies on a layered approach where if terrorists breach a layer, second and third layers come into play to protect us. Letting our guard down in Pittsburgh or any other airport for the benefit of retailers is not the right approach to airline safety and security.”

But Pittsburgh International Airport does not believe this poses a threat.

“We do not believe that this poses any additional safety threats,” Christina Cassotis, the CEO of Allegheny County Airport Authority, told Fox News.

“It’s like just having more airline passengers going through because they go through the same vetting process.”

What are your thoughts? Is this much ado about nothing? Or does it set a terrible precedent?

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