Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Security breach shuts down terminal

FBI agent causes security blip

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE - An FBI agent who skipped a checkpoint at Louisville International Airport without checking in caused a breach that delayed 13 flights Tuesday.

        Airport officials said an on-duty FBI agent bypassed metal detectors at the security checkpoint - which is allowed - but didn't later check in with the security supervisor, WHAS-TV reported.

        The breach occurred just before 6 p.m. EDT, delaying 13 flights.

        About 200 passengers were sent back through the checkpoint and re-screened. It took about an hour, officials said.

        The agent was not identified.

        It was the second security violation in a week at Louisville International, where federal screeners recently took over security.

        On Friday, a Georgia man was arrested after screeners found a loaded handgun and a lock-blade knife in his carryon luggage. Russell Baldwin, 43, of Atlanta, was released Saturday from custody after a federal court hearing. Baldwin was charged with attempting to carry a weapon or explosive onto an aircraft.


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