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TSA Responds to Action News 5 about security lapse at Memphis airport

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(WMC-TV) - After a woman boarded a plane with a boarding pass in a man's name with a date for a flight last month, the Transportation Security Administration is responding.

Kathleen Beard's name isn't similar to the one on the boarding pass she handed a TSA officer.

The name on the boarding pass was Edward Lawrence Stukenborg, the flight date, March 17. But security waved Beard through.

"I could have been anybody," Beard said. "If you could get under with a male name like this...anybody could do it."

Beard brought the wrong boarding pass to the airport by mistake. The mistake exposed a problem. At least one TSA officer didn't do his job Sunday.

"It just shouldn't happen," Beard said.

TSA declined to answer questions in an interview. Instead, a spokesperson released a statement.

"It is important to note that the passenger was subject to the same physical screening at the checkpoint as all other passengers," Spokesperson Jonathan Allen said in the statement.

TSA did not apologize or say the agency will work to make sure such a lapse doesn't happen in the future.

TSA's own blog points out the importance of making sure passengers are who they say they are, and are not on the No Fly List.

"You know as well as we do that you can make a weapon out of anything," a post from 2008 read. "The naked human body of someone skilled in martial arts is far more dangerous than most people with a weapon."

The problems didn't just stop at the TSA screening.

"I made it on the plane," Beard says.

An AirTran spokesperson points out that one of their employees discovered the problem and escorted Beard off the plane before it took off.

"There's no security concern per se from the airline's perspective," Christopher White, AirTran spokesperson said. "The person had been through physical screening."

White said the company will try to learn lessons from this situation.

The TSA spokesperson said TSA "utilizes many layers of security to keep our nation's transportation systems secure."

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