BWI Airport shuts down checkpoints becuase of improper screening www.privateofficer.com
Baltimore MD Feb 27 2011 Two security checkpoints at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport were shut down for more than a half hour Saturday morning because of improper screening of passengers, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said.
The A and B pier checkpoints were closed from about 8:40 a.m. to about 9:20, when normal operations resumed, said Michael S. McCarthy, the TSA spokesman. The checkpoints serve Southwest Airlines, BWI’s dominant carrier.
In a statement, the security error was described as “an instance of improper screening protocol.” McCarthy declined to elaborate other than to say the checkpoints were shut down “out of caution.”
“Acting with an abundance of precaution, TSA suspended checkpoint operations for a short period of time,” said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman, who said, “Operations are normal.”
Brandy King, a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines, said the security breach caused minimal delays on a handful of flights that were taking off around the time of the shutdown.
“It did cause minimal delays this morning when the security breach did happen,” King said.