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Terminal A Briefly Shut Down After Security Breach

Posted June 22, 2007

— Terminal A at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was shut down for 20 minutes Friday morning while authorities investigated a security breach, airport officials said.

Mike Zunk, federal security director at RDU, said a man was passing through a second-floor security checkpoint at about 9:45 a.m. when a screener with the Transportation Security Administration saw an object that looked like a Taser in a bag.

Zunk said before the screener could investigate further, the traveler picked up his bag and headed toward his gate. The screener then notified security officials about the incident, he said.

Authorities were able to review videotape at the checkpoint and find the traveler. After looking through the traveler's belongings and questioning him, security officials did not find anything wrong with the item in question and he was able to depart, Zunk said.

Authorities wouldn't say what item led to the security breach, only saying it was a "safe" item.

Airport officials said three flights were delayed, but those delays didn't last more than 15 minutes.

Zunk said charges wouldn't be filed against the traveler.

The TSA screener will have to take remedial classes and training, he said. Officials said the screener's job isn't in jeopardy.


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  • sensor Jun 24, 2007

    TSA stands for Take Scissors Away. What a useless pile of human waste. Half of 'em are probably on the take and could be bought off in a heartbeat.

  • Refiman2 Jun 23, 2007

    Don't like the security at the airports, thank Bush for having his buddies fly planes into our buildings. It happened just like they (W) planned.

  • Refiman2 Jun 23, 2007

    What good is having screener that let someone get thru with a questionable item. Hope he did not hand it off to someone, before security caught up to him again. Good job TSA????????

  • Michael Kenyon Jun 22, 2007

    "So... WHAT security breach, exactly? Is the misidentification of a traveler's item now termed a breach?"

    Yep, since the Patriot Act, we're all guilty unless we can prove otherwise. Maybe even IF we can prove otherwise.

  • FragmentFour Jun 22, 2007

    WRAL: Authorities wouldn't say what item led to the security breach, only saying it was a "safe" item.

    So... WHAT security breach, exactly? Is the misidentification of a traveler's item now termed a breach?

  • the alliance Jun 22, 2007

    I think the screener did an excellent job. Nothing wrong with remedial traing, the experience and remdial training together help make the TSA employee even better.

  • gabby1 Jun 22, 2007

    The TSA does to "planted testing" it has been on the news before. Not to say that you should believe everything you see or read. Whenever they do the so called "planted testing" the screeners usually fail! These people, for the most part are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, sad to say but true! It is another government employee doing a fabulous government job!

  • Lolly52 Jun 22, 2007

    @Sigil Odegra - not impersonating an officer, but infuriating a TSA officer?

  • Made In USA Jun 22, 2007

    Screeners who work day after day and never seeing anything suspicious are subject to letting their guard down. This could result in grave consequences down the road. Planted "testing" should be applied by TSA on a regular basis.

  • angora Jun 22, 2007

    I am a frequent business traveler. Those TSA folks do the best they can, but in the mad rush of disrobing, de-shoeing, unloading computers, putting keys and change in the little buckets, and lining everything up to be scanned, things get backed up. It can be crazy on the other side of the scanner, just locating your own shoes, your IBM laptop among two or three others, your bag, your belt, your jacket, etc. Not ideal, but that's the way it is.