8/5/2009

After a newspaper intern inadvertently carried a penknife, knitting needles and large bottles of liquid through a security checkpoint at Tampa International Airport, the St. Petersburg Times wonders how standardized the screening process really is. While her purse was scanned three times and tested for explosive residue, no one ever mentioned the other items she was carrying -- items that had attracted attention at other airports. A TSA official tells the paper the apparent oversight could simply be "the passenger's failure to understand security protocols and an element of unpredictability inserted into our mixture of people, process and technology."

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