The private company that contracted for security services at Dulles and Newark International Airport in New Jersey, where Islamic terrorists hijacked two of the four jumbo jets on Sept. 11, 2001, was under fire for hiring foreigners as screeners, but the same firm had been pressured by the federal government two-and-a-half years before to rehire Arab non-citizens after they filed a religion-bias complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Airport security experts said the EEOC settlement – which also mandated Muslim-sensitivity training for all Argenbright Security Inc. employees – went a long way toward explaining why 87 percent of the checkpoint screeners at Dulles were not U.S. citizens. All seven Muslim complainants worked as Dulles screeners at the time.
“If I were Argenbright and being investigated, I’d tell them, ‘You want to sue us? Go talk to the damn EEOC. They’re the ones who forced these people on us,’” said Steve Elson, a former Federal Aviation Administration airport-security inspector.