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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
Austin-Bergstrom Int'l Airport, Austin A screener saw what he thought was a handgun while X-raying of a carry-on bag. The screener changed his mind and allowed the passenger and bag through the checkpoint. Another screener became concerned and decided the carry-on bag should be examined. But the passenger had already walked away. Officials evacuated the concourse. The passenger and bag were identified during rescreening. The bag was searched and a replica handgun was discovered. [May 2004]
Source: Airport Security Report
Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Airport Security staff working in the baggage-claim area saw a man walk through a revolving exit door and enter a secure concourse area. TSA evacuated three terminals and searched the area. Some aircraft still on the ground were evacuated and searched. About a dozen aircraft left the airport before they were notified of the search. Officials notified other airports to reverse screen flights arriving from Dallas. The man was not found. [4/05/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report
Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Airport A Pennsylvania woman discovered she had accidentally left a pocketknife in her purse after clearing a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, security and airline officials said. [June 2004]
Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Airport A man carrying a laptop computer cleared security and headed into the terminal. Three minutes later, a machine that detects trace explosives showed a positive reading for Semtex, a volatile plastic explosive. The man's laptop, which initially cleared the machine, was the last item tested. Two screeners checked the machine and verified the second result. A search for the passenger proved fruitless. Forty-five minutes later, all planes and three of four terminals were evacuated. The passenger and his laptop were never found. [1/09/2003]
Source: The Dallas Morning News
El Paso Int'l Airport A TSA screener supposedly saw a suspicious item -- later determined to be contraband -- during a checkpoint screening. But the TSA screener lost track of the item, and it was never found. The east concourse was evacuated for two hours. [12/01/2002]
Source: Airport Security Report
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston Officials said a man went through one of the security checkpoints about 4 p.m. without stopping. Three terminals were closed for about 30 minutes. Security officials located the man and determined he was not a threat. [1/30/2003]
Source: Airport Security Report

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