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Sunday, July 11, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
The Times collected 100 media reports of airport-security breaches since fall 2002, when TSA screeners took over. Screeners say that's a fraction of the incidents, and most are never disclosed.  View breaches by state:
Map of the United States: Click on a green state to read about breaches that occurred there Hawaii Washington Oregon California Nevada Arizona Colorado New Mexico Texas Arkansas Missouri Illinois Michigan Florida South Carolina North Carolina Virginia West Virginia Pennsylvania New York Massachusetts Connecticut Rhode Island New Jersey Maryland Indiana Kentucky Alabama Georgia New Hampshire Maine Utah Ohio
Airport Breach description
Colorado Springs Airport A screener spotted something suspicious in a bag being X-rayed. The screener mistakenly selected a different bag to search, and the passenger with the suspicious bag left the area. Passengers were taken off four planes, including three on the runway, while officials searched the concourse, then spent two hours rescreening passengers. The delay affected 400 passengers and six flights. [12/25/2002]
Source: Airport Security Report
Denver Int'l Airport A passenger discovered a retractable box cutter in the magazine pouch of his second-row seat in first-class just before a United Airlines flight departure. The passenger alerted a flight attendant, and the pilot grounded the flight. State police searched the aircraft with bomb-sniffing dogs. The 76 passengers and six flight crewmembers were taken to another terminal and searched. Their baggage also was rescreened. No other questionable items were found. The flight was delayed for almost three hours before departing for San Francisco. United Airlines said a mechanic mistakenly left the box cutter on the plane in Denver before its flight to Boston. [1/28/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report
Denver Int'l Airport A walk-through metal detector at the north passenger-screening checkpoint malfunctioned about 12:30 p.m. TSA officials stopped the flow of passengers through all three checkpoints for about 25 minutes while they investigated. Passengers who already had passed through security were not rescreened. [11/12/2002]
Source: Airport Security Report

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