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Men show fake IDs at airport, denied boarding

Naomi Havlen

Two men who presented fake identification at the Pitkin County Airport were stopped from boarding a United Express plane to Denver Monday, but they left the area before they could be questioned.The men are described as Latino, in their 20s and of average height and weight. According to airport officials, the men were trying to board the 8:20 a.m. flight when the ticketing agent discovered their ID cards were falsified.”Whoever made them wasn’t good at it,” said Pitkin County Deputy Michael Kendrick. “They’re cheap looking, and one of them is starting to delaminate where it was put together.”Kendrick said the cards have the men’s photos on them, but that most likely their names and addresses are not real.The ticketing agent would not let the men go through security, so they left the airport on foot and have not been found. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office has an open case for criminal impersonation in the incident; that the men tried to get on a plane without proper identification has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.”There’s a difference between people who are trying to get on a plane with a fake ID because they don’t want anyone to know who they are, like a terrorist, and someone who is trying to get on a plane because that’s all the identification they had – because they’re an illegal alien,” Kendrick said. “I’d categorize this as the second, based on the little information I know.”Carrington Brown, landside operations manager for the airport, said incidents of people trying to board planes without valid ID are rare, but United Express carefully trains its staff to catch fake IDs.”The airlines do an excellent job of that, as does the Transportation Safety Administration,” Brown said. “I’m very happy with the crew we have there now – I’d say the system worked well today.”Officials from the FBI and the ICE did not return calls Monday seeking comment.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail is nhavlen@aspentimes.com