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Airport Workers Fired Over Lapse in Security

November 08, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Three security workers who allowed a man carrying knives, a stun gun and tear gas through a checkpoint at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were fired, the private company that employed them said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Saturday's lapse at the United Airlines checkpoint staffed by Argenbright Security Inc. employees.

The three employees, including a supervisor, were fired for reasons related to the security lapse, and an X-ray screener resigned, said Brian Lott, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Argenbright.

The company said four other employees suspended after the security breach would be reinstated in jobs at O'Hare.

Subash Gurang, 27, of Chicago, a Nepal native in the U.S. on an expired student visa, faces state and federal charges in the incident.

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