Security breakdowns reported at Newark

Feb. 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey had a string of security breakdowns in one month, Transportation Security Administration officials say.

The officials told The Star-Ledger of Newark the lapses included an incident in which a dead dog was loaded onto a Continental Airlines plane without being screened and another in which a knife in a carry-on bag eluded TSA agents.

The newspaper said there were a total of five potentially dangerous violations of procedure in 30 days. One source said the more usual average at the airport is one every month or two.

In another embarrassment for the airport, federal prosecutors say a TSA screener stole $30,000 from passengers going through a checkpoint in about a year. Michael Arato, 41, of Ewing, N.J., a former TSA supervisor, has pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from the screener, U.S. Attorney Michael Fishman said Monday.

The other security violations the officials described involved a passenger going through a disabled area who was not screened, two people who were allowed to proceed despite a glitch with a whole-body scanner and a bag that was improperly processed after being X-rayed.

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