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April 11, 1989

Britain's Transport Ministry demanded an explanation from Pan American World Airways after a newspaper said a reporter used false references to obtain work as a baggage handler with the airline and had the opportunity to "plant anything into any bag at any time." The Sun said reporter George Pascoe-Watson worked unsupervised and avoided security checks at London's Heathrow Airport. The journalist said Pan Am failed to fully check his background when he applied for the job. Pan Am denied the Sun's allegations that its security measures were lax. The Sun report came less than four months after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

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