"Often, especially with the smaller planes," Bob explains, "we would have complete access to the cockpit ... once I pressed a button on it, and suddenly the whole dashboard came alive, and the plane started making sounds as it was about to take off! I freaked out and turned it off, [but] if I knew how to fly a plane, I could probably hijack one. It wasn't like there are turnkeys or something for it."
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Professional curiosity -- good.
"What's that doooo?" -- less good.
Okay, but he'd never even have gotten that far if he hadn't passed a rigorous screening process, right?
"The background check only takes into account actual criminal charges," says Bob. "Some juvenile or civil charges could be ignored. For example, a co-worker of mine has been arrested for bringing a knife and some pills to school, but since he was 17 at the time, that charge was not accounted for during the background check, and he got the job. Therefore, people get security clearance and admittance to the back of the airport while having some drug possession, domestic disorder, and other charges."
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"Under 'criminal record,' you wrote, 'Let's not go there.' Good enough for us. Welcome aboard!"
"There was one guy," Bob recalls. "I kinda helped him get the job, and he told me about how he'd smoked meth on the plane right after cleanup, before filing out. Another co-worker went postal over a very trivial reason and verbally assaulted me while acting physically intimidating, while another guy got busted for watching child porn on the work computer."
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