Last updated: 03:16 PM ET, Wed July 27 2016

TSA Agent Forgets to Plug In Security Scanner, 15 Passengers Go Unchecked

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 27, 2016

TSA Agent Forgets to Plug In Security Scanner, 15 Passengers Go Unchecked

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On Sunday, a Transportation Security Administration employee at La Guardia Airport in New York City allegedly forgot to plug in a security scanner, allowing at least 15 passengers to pass through a checkpoint without being searched.

According to the New York Post, TSA Agent Eva Cocoli discovered the incident inside Terminal D at around 8 a.m. ET Sunday, and Delta Air Lines supervisor Deborah Trapani immediately ordered the closure of the checkpoint.

In addition, police from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey searched for an hour to find the passengers who had made it through the security checkpoint without being searched. Officers tracked down nine passengers in total and brought them back to the checkpoint to be screened properly.

Officials then checked security footage to determine how many additional passengers went through the unplugged security checkpoint. In total, six unsearched passengers were not located by police, and authorities believe they boarded their flights.

“Our nation’s security is dependent upon whether or not a TSA screener plugs in the screening machine,” a law-enforcement official told the New York Post. “There has to be a better way.”


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