Saturday, September 24, 2005
Feds to the Rescue, Again!
Don't say the system isn't working.
Beaumont escapes severe surge
By THOMAS KOROSEC
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
Sept. 24, 2005, 10:12AM
Nearly 1,300 patients were airlifted out of an airport near Beaumont in a rush Thursday night and Friday morning, but only after the county's top official made a panicked call to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for help.
"We had patients throwing up. It was very ugly," said Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith, who blamed delays on the Transportation Security Administration, which insisted every wheelchair-bound passenger be checked with a metal-detector.