Vitter's actions at Dulles under review

March 13, 2009 at 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- Federal officials say they are reviewing the details of an alleged act of rage by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration officials said a report accuses Vitter of activating an alarm by opening a security door in an attempt to board a United Airlines flight, The Washington Post said Friday.

Vitter's alleged attempt to enter a jet bridge on March 5 is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor under airport security regulations.

Vitter has admitted in a statement he inadvertently went through a wrong door at a Dulles gate, but has dismissed a report of a bitter run-in with an airline employee.

Meanwhile, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh defended the Louisiana Republican by pointing out how the media approached a similar airport incident involving U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

"There's a clear double standard here on how this story is being covered versus Senator Schumer using his office to have a US Airways plane leaving LaGuardia early," he told the Post, referring to Schumer's alleged use of his position to get a LaGuardia Airport shuttle to leave New York ahead of schedule.

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