The Pentagon is investigating how and why Boeing employees working on current and future Air Force One planes lacked the proper security clearance to do so. Security clearance and credentials are needed for any person to be given authorized access to work on presidential and U.S. government aircraft.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon discovered up to 250 Boeing employees had expired security credentials.
Boeing was the one who initially reported the security lapse to U.S. government officials. The company declared the lapse an administrative issue and promised the continual treatment of presidential aircraft with the highest priority. Boeing employees without the proper security credentials will no longer work on current and future Air Force One aircraft.
An Airforce spokesperson stated, “The Air Force is taking the situation very seriously and believes the Boeing Company is making every effort to resolve this issue quickly.”
Last month, President Joe Biden was filmed stumbling up the stairs to Air Force One for the second time in two weeks, and for at least the fifth time since he took office.
While boarding the presidential transport plane at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, Biden briefly tripped about half-way up the stairs. Footage of the moment was posted on Twitter.