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GAO Agents Successfully Smuggle Box Cutters Past TSA Screeners
Fri Sep 12 2003 11:07:53 ET

Undercover agents were able to sneak box cutters past screeners at about half a dozen airports over the summer, prompting an inquiry into airport-security lapses by the chairman of a House aviation panel, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. MORE

GAO inspectors evaded detection by airport screeners after concealing box cutters among their belongings, according to a person familiar with the results. The person declined to identify the airports but said they ranged in size. At no time, this person said, were the inspectors stopped by airport screeners, some working directly for the federal government and others for private contractors.

The tests were conducted by the GAO's Office of Special Investigations in response to a request in April by House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R., Fla.). A spokesman for Mr. Mica said Thursday that the congressman plans to hold a hearing on the GAO findings within two weeks.


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