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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
Baltimore-Washington Int'l Airport, Baltimore A passenger set off a metal detector and walked into the terminal before security staff could stop her. Authorities closed the checkpoint and two concourses for about an hour. Arriving flights were directed to other gates, and three flights were delayed. It is unclear how many passengers had to be rescreened. Authorities never found the woman. [4/03/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report
Baltimore-Washington Int'l Airport, Baltimore This is one of six incidents in which Nathaniel Heatwole, 20, a junior at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., snuck small plastic bags containing box cutters, bleach, matches and modeling clay onto Southwest Airlines planes. In four cases, including this one, he left the items behind in airplane bathrooms. Intending to challenge checkpoint security procedures, he brought the items through screening checkpoints at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport between February and mid-September. He also e-mailed TSA's contact center, claiming responsibility and providing his phone number and e-mail address. His e-mail wasn't acted on for about a month, until after items were found on this plane and one other. The items on this plane were found Oct. 16 on a flight that had landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Heatwole was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with one count of carrying a concealed, dangerous weapon aboard an aircraft. His charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced last month to two years supervised probation and fined $500. Heatwole, now 21, also must serve 100 hours of community service and reimburse his parents for up to $500 in legal fees. [9/14/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report, Time magazine, The Associated Press, Transportation Security newsletter
Baltimore-Washington Int'l Airport, Baltimore A knife in a passenger's carry-on bag showed up on X-ray, but screeners failed to intercept the bag before the passenger grabbed it and entered the concourse. Passengers were rescreened, and 35 flights were delayed. Officials never found the knife. [4/05/2004]
Source: Airport Security Report, The Baltimore Sun

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