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Terminal A Briefly Shut Down After Security Breach

Posted June 22, 2007 12:25 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2007 1:40 p.m. EDT

— 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.