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Posted: 2/28/2002 9:52:04 AM EDT
Just popped up on the wires:
Terminals evacuated after metal detector found unplugged at Los Angeles International Airport .c The Associated Press Eds: Rewrites throughout to UPDATE with more than 300 flights delayed, CORRECT that five terminals, No. 4 through 8, sted between four and eight terminals were evacuated; add other recent examples of metal detector problems. AP Photos Staffing LOS ANGELES (AP) - The discovery of an unplugged metal detector forced the evacuation of five terminals at Los Angeles International Airport early Thursday and delayed more than 300 flights, authorities said. Hundreds of passengers from terminals No. 4 through 8 had to be rescreened at security checkpoints after authorities discovered at 6:30 a.m. that a metal detector was not working at Terminal 4, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jerry Snyder. ``One of the metal detectors was found unplugged,'' Snyder said. ``We do not know if it was malicious or not.'' The five terminals, on the airport's south side, were emptied as a precaution because travelers could wander between the buildings once they cleared security, airport officials said. Passengers jammed the sidewalks outside the terminals and began the rescreening at about 8:20 a.m., LAX spokesman Harold Johnson said. About 325 departing flights from several major airlines, including American, Delta, United and Continental were delayed, he said. American Airlines spokesman John Hopkins said passengers should expect flight delays of up to several hours. It was one of several cases of airport problems involving metal detectors reported this week. On Tuesday, about 500 airline passengers in Buffalo (N.Y.) Niagara International Airport had to be rescreened after a metal detector was found partially unplugged. Ten flights were delayed. On Monday, a terminal at Boston's Logan International Airport was evacuated and more than 1,200 passengers rescreened after officials discovered a detector hadn't been working for up to five minutes. And not long after the Winter Olylmpics wrapped up late Sunday, flights at Salt Lake City's airport were held up because a metal detector was found not to have been working and some passengers required rescreening. AP-NY-02-28-02 1340EST
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Is this getting ridiculous or what?
Link Posted: 2/28/2002 9:59:53 AM EDT
You might think that the metal detectors would be "hard wired" for security reasons.......you would be wrong. Of course I'm sure that the metal detector operators manual goes something like this. Step 1: turn on metal detector, make sure indicator lights on control panel go on............
Link Posted: 2/28/2002 11:17:43 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/28/2002 11:38:19 AM EDT
RELAX FELLOW CITIZENS !!!!! The gubmint has taken over airport security and you may now expect the same level of service that you find at all well run and friendly gubmint offices.
Link Posted: 2/28/2002 11:40:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2002 11:40:32 AM EDT by DnPRK]
I'm ssooooooo glad that the DMV mentality is now in charge of Airport security. Edit spelling
Link Posted: 2/28/2002 12:09:22 PM EDT
I saw the video tapes on the 12 noon news of the crowds of people at L.A. Intl. Most of the people understand that this is part of the increased security. BUT my question is why do you have to go thru the metal detectors again at your destination if they messed you at the beginning. If someone was going to do any dastardly deed it would have been done and over already.
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