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Lapses in Security Force Flight Delays

November 14, 2001|From Times Wire Services

Security breaches at airports in Boston and Washington state caused dozens of flight delays. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, two meat cleavers were found in a chef's carry-on bag.

Officials closed part of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington after a food-service worker set off a metal detector alarm. Security workers found no illegal items, but a Federal Aviation Administration rule required the rescreening of hundreds of passengers.

At Boston's Logan International Airport, Massachusetts police forced hundreds of Delta Air Lines passengers from a gate area when they learned that a security guard had left her checkpoint unattended for up to four minutes.

The guard and her supervisor were suspended, said Argenbright Security Inc.

At O'Hare, 76-year-old chef Sung Mok, who was headed home to Hong Kong, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of a weapon after the cleavers were found, police said.

There was no indication he meant any harm, police said.

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