Tue, Apr 06, 2004
Anybody Seen My Knife?
Portions of Baltimore-Washington
International Airport were evacuated Monday after a baggage
screener was unable to stop a passenger carrying a knife in a
It happened just outside Tier D at about 5:20 am (EDT) when a
spokeswoman for the airport says the screener could describe
neither the backpack nor its owner.
The entire area was evacuated as the airport issued a "red
alert," forcing everyone who was already inside to go back through
the entire screening process again. Flights were delayed for as
long as two hours before the airport said everything was back to
normal, more than four hours later.
As passengers were being rescreened, the TSA says several banned
items turned up -- including a knife. But they were unable to say
whether that knife was the knife for which they'd been
What about the screener who missed the contraband in the first
place? A TSA spokesman says that screener and the person
responsible for pulling the bag aside will be given "remedial"
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