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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
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport Screeners failed to detain a man for a secondary wand screening before the man left the security checkpoint and went to catch a flight with his wife and two children. A screener had been checking another passenger and lost sight of him. The man was stopped at the gate. The terminal was cleared for more than an hour for a security sweep. About 450 people were rescreened. Officials talked to the man and determined he was an inexperienced traveler and not a threat. [1/29/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport A Spirit Airlines jet was kept from the airport after an air marshal discovered an unmarked box in the plane's bathroom. The marshal found the box, containing cleaning solvents, shortly after the flight left New York. The box belonged to a boat cleaner. The jet eventually landed in Fort Lauderdale, but passengers were stuck on the plane for more than an hour. The unidentified man was questioned by agents and released. [5/30/2003]
Source: The (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Sun-Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport A security screener pulled a bag from an X-ray machine because she thought she saw a paring knife. When the bag's owner did not come forward right away, the screener placed the bag in her work area and went to do something else. Minutes later, the screener noticed the bag was gone. When security personnel finally caught up with the bag and its owner, they found nothing suspicious inside. As many as 1,000 passengers were evacuated and delayed for hours. [5/27/2003]
Source: Sun-Sentinel
Jacksonville Int'l Airport A pair of scissors were found on the galley floor where flight attendants prepare meals. The plane, which had left the gate and was preparing for takeoff to Atlanta, was delayed for about two hours. Passengers were removed from the plane and rescreened. [3/05/2004]
Source: The Associated Press
Miami Int'l Airport Two passengers walked into a concourse through the exit lane without a screener seeing them. About 2,000 passengers were evacuated and rescreened at five concourses, and 41 flights were delayed for two hours. Several aircraft had to return to the gate so passengers could be rescreened. The two passengers were never found. Two screeners were placed on administrative leave. One was caught on tape sleeping on the job, and the other did not stop the two passengers. [11/14/2002]
Source: Airport Security Report

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