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Recent SeaTac Hijacking Highlights Urgent Need to Review Pre-Employment Background Screening Policies; Opines CriminalBackgroundRecords.com

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Recent SeaTac Hijacking Highlights Urgent Need to Review Pre-Employment Background Screening Policies; Opines CriminalBackgroundRecords.com

A recent hijacking of an empty commercial airliner at Seattle's SeaTac Airport suggests an immediate and urgent need to review all pre-employment background screening policies. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com states: "When an event of this magnitude occurs, one with alleged lax or purportedly weak screening policies, employers across all industries, especially critical industries that involve public safety, should immediately review all new hire screening policies, especially specific pre-employment background screening practices."

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WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Whenever security is breached in an impactful way, such as the recent hijacking of an empty commercial airliner at Seattle's SeaTac airport, employers should take note and ensure existing policies are as robust as possible, especially when considering public safety. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com states: "The tragic event that occurred in Seattle should force every company and organization to review screening policies of new hires, and existing employee's, to ensure these policies are as robust as possible and a best practice remains working with a well-qualified third-party pre-employment background screening agency."

The recent hijacking at Seattle's SeaTac airport should put individuals in charge of security on notice.

From the Washington Post, August 10, 2018:

The stunning heist of a large commercial airplane from a major U.S. airport Friday night took no other lives than the pilot's, but the incident has heightened worries about gaps in American aviation security, forcing questions about how Russell, a baggage handler and grounds crew member, could take control of the aircraft, get it in the air and fly it willy-nilly over a major U.S. metropolitan area for nearly an hour. (1)

While the tragedy is currently under investigation the debate over screening policies will soon be hotly debated.

From the Washington Post, August 10, 2018:

Congress is already seeking to tighten the screening of airport employees and may do so with more urgency now said the former inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department.

The United States has approximately 900,000 aviation workers, according to the most recent federal data, and ... said screening procedures are "pretty rudimentary." (2)

Almeida adds: "Certainly there is more to background screening "airside" flight crew, especially mechanics and related maintenance personnel, but a robust and comprehensive pre-employment background check, one that includes criminal background records drawn from country courts and other pertinent public records, goes a long way in providing valuable data to decision makers."

Background screening remains a critical tool in vetting new hires across every industry.

Almeida concludes: "A best practice for all organizations and businesses is to work with a well-qualified background screening agency, especially with regards to public safety. Combined with other related investigative tools such as interviews and reference checks, pre-employment background screening can prove invaluable to hiring managers. And when an event such as that which took place in Seattle, it becomes a tragic reminder to insure all screening policies are stringent, robust, and fully compliant with law."

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com is a third-party background screening company that can provide compliant solutions for all screening requirements. From pre-employment to post-hire screening, as well as volunteer, caregiver and nanny checks, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com provides background screening services across a broad array of industries. From the smallest organization to the largest corporation, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com can fulfill every background screening requirement.

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(1)    washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/seattle-hijackers-plane-heist-midair-stunts-and-fatal-crash-expose-gaps-in-aviation-security/2018/08/11/1309e6f0-9d7a-11e8-b60b-1c897f17e185_story.html?utm_term=.0351a17501a2

 

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