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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:
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Airport Breach description
Bradley Int'l Airport, Windsor Locks A TSA screener was found asleep in front of an X-ray machine screen at 5:30 p.m. Authorities did not know how long the screener had been asleep. They evacuated the terminal and rescreened all passengers. State police used dog teams to search for explosives. Nothing was found. Two flights were delayed for less than an hour after the terminal reopened. TSA suspended the screener. [3/08/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report
Bradley Int'l Airport, Windsor Locks A custodian discovered a utility knife in a bathroom trash can. Travelers were evacuated to the ticketing lobby and main-terminal area. Another plane was ordered back to the taxiway so passengers could be rescreened. Police and dogs searched the concourse and found nothing suspicious. The checkpoint was closed for about one hour before passengers were rescreened. [1/20/2004]
Source: Airport Security Report
Bradley Int'l Airport, Windsor Locks Undercover inspectors twice smuggled a fake bomb in carry-on luggage. The device was passed by screeners at two checkpoints. Disguised as a radio, it was loosely modeled after the bomb that was used to blow up a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. The federal inspectors conducting the tests identified themselves to the screeners only after the bag passed through the X-ray machine. [November 2003]
Source: The Hartford Courant
Bradley Int'l Airport, Windsor Locks During a surprise security check, an inspector successfully passed through screening with a knife strapped to her thigh. The inspector bluffed after a metal-detecting wand beeped its warning, telling the screener she had just had surgery and the incision was closed with metal staples. Despite being trained to visually inspect anything that alarms, the screener allowed the woman to continue into the passenger terminal. [November 2003]
Source: The Hartford Courant

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