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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
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport Screeners saw a prohibited object in an X-ray image of a carry-on bag after the passenger left the checkpoint. Officials evacuated part of the terminal and rescreened hundreds of passengers. Four flights of passengers returned to the terminal for rescreening. No weapon was found. [2/19/2004]
Source: Airport Security Report
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport A suspicious item, possibly a gun, showed up on a screener's X-ray monitor. But the screener didn't look at the image before leaving for lunch. By the time the next screener sat down at the machine, the bag and passenger were gone. Part of the terminal was evacuated, and four planes were returned to the gate as police searched for a weapon. No weapon was found. [2/19/2004]
Source: The Associated Press, News 12 New Jersey,
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport A passenger was arrested on an airplane and charged with carrying a concealed knife on board. A flight attendant noticed the man was using the knife with a 3 1/2-inch blade to cut fruit. He initially refused to surrender the knife, but eventually the flight attendant confiscated it and passed a note describing the incident to an air marshal on board. The marshal took the man into custody, handcuffed and searched him. [6/11/2003]
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport During a screeners' test, several walk-through metal detectors missed a steak knife nearly 8 inches long. [October 2003]
Source: The (N.J.) Star-Ledger
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport A passenger slipped through security with a carry-on bag containing an object that, on an X-ray monitor, resembled a gun. Passengers were rescreened, and part of the terminal was closed. Investigators concluded the item had looked like a gun because of a blurry X-ray monitor. [February 2003]
Source: The (N.J.) Star-Ledger
Newark Liberty Int'l Airport A United Airlines passenger discovered he had inadvertently passed through security with a box cutter. Following months of complaints by screeners about a blurry X-ray monitor at one checkpoint, the unit was replaced. [January 2004]
Source: The (N.J.) Star-Ledger

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