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TSA Can't Find Man Who Bypassed Airport Security in Charlotte

Posted August 10, 2007

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— Transportation officials searched planes in Charlotte and at 15 other airports on Friday but failed to find a man they said bypassed security at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration noticed shortly before 8 a.m. that the man had slipped past screeners sometime earlier that morning, said agency spokesman Jon Allen. Officials halted flights, shut down a concourse and searched several planes in an effort to find him.

When he couldn't be located in Charlotte, officials turned their attention to 15 flights that had left the airport after the incident took place, said TSA spokesman Chris White. Passengers on those planes were reverse-screened or escorted out of the airport's secure areas.

"Our priority is to ensure that Charlotte and the other airports where aircraft landed are secure," White said. "We need to make sure the entire system is secure."

White said the planes were headed for La Guardia in New York; Baltimore; Windsor Locks, Connecticut; Dallas-Fort Worth; Jacksonville, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Indianapolis; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Los Angeles; Boston; San Diego; Philadelphia; St. Louis; and Washington.

Officials said it was too early to determine whether there was malicious intent or whether the passenger was confused by the screening process.

"We will look into how this incident occurred and what we can do to ensure that it does not happen again," White said.

White said late Friday afternoon the TSA is no longer searching for the man and speculated he may have simply walked out of the Charlotte airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration shut down all outbound flights from Charlotte for about an hour beginning shortly after 8 a.m., said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the agency in Atlanta.

Some planes were held on the tarmac but later cleared to leave, while others were directed to return to the gate, she said.

The airport experienced delays of up to an hour, but Bergen said airport operations returned to normal later Friday morning.

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  • RonnieR Aug 11, 2007

    Ah, yes, Piedmont, I did not like it as much when they traded
    the DC-3s for the F-27s though.

    Don't they screen folks whenever they get on a plane? If not,
    maybe the reverse screening was a good idea. I thought that you got screened whenever you got on a plane. If not, then that is a big hole! All one has to do is be clean going through
    the first screen and then have an accomplice at another airport
    leave something for him to pick up and on the next plane.

  • QT3.14 Aug 10, 2007

    Somewhere in a cave, Osama is peeing in his diaper about this one.

  • lizard Aug 10, 2007

    I think it was Elvis. Check the flight to Nashville.

  • cryinshame Aug 10, 2007

    why should one expect them to find them , just look at whats hired as screeners.

  • Brogden Aug 10, 2007

    PIEDMONT
    That one word says it all when it came to on time, comfortable, well served air travel in the '50's, '60's and 70's.

    Mr. Davis where are you when we need you?!!!!!!

    Go Virgin America!!!!!!

  • inquistitor Aug 10, 2007

    I love some of the comments coming out over this article. The next time any of you fly pay attention to just how many people walk around security. The protocals in place are there to keep honest people honest.

  • gratefultoGOD Aug 10, 2007

    gabby1 I was piedmont also!! Never will be an airline as good as the ole' SPEEDBIRD!

  • Adelinthe Aug 10, 2007

    Or how about some big ol' bikers. That'd work.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 10, 2007

    They're still guessing, are they? Well...now that makes me feel a whole lot better.

    Think they'd do better with some tobacco chewing rednecks (God love 'em) with ax handles.

    Think I'm going to walk.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ncmickey Aug 10, 2007

    Maybe he walked in backwards through the exit.....

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