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"Security breach prompts lock down at Sea-Tac this morning"
Friday, June 4, 2005
Security breach prompts lock down at Sea-Tac this morning
By Sara Jean Green
The Seattle (WA) Times
Officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport halted the departure of
airplanes, shut down terminal subway service and stopped screening
passengers for about an hour this morning after a man made it through
security without being properly checked.
A little after 11 a.m., the order went out to "freeze the airport," said
spokesman Bob Parker. Airport security was able to find the man, who had
gone through the north checkpoint. They determined the man was not a threat
and that the security breach was the result of "honest confusion between the
screeners and the subject," Parker said.
The airport returned to normal operations just after noon, "but some of the
lines at the checkpoints are pretty long, so there's still some impact from
this," he said.
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