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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Screeners Spot, Lose Fake Bomb

I KNEW that the security color was wrong. Whoever made it puce?! Now it's red, to match their faces.

Training Exercise at Newark Airport Goes Awry


NEWARK, N.J. (Dec. 15) - Baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport spotted - and then lost - a fake bomb planted in luggage by a supervisor during a training exercise.

Despite an hours-long search Tuesday night, the bag, containing a fake bomb complete with wires, a detonator and a clock, made it onto an Amsterdam-bound flight. It was recovered by airport security officials in Amsterdam when the flight landed.

"This really underscores the importance of the TSA's ongoing training exercises," said Ann Davis, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for screening passengers and baggage for weapons and explosives.

Ann drove from Washington to Newark for the press conference.


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