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Security Breach at Pasco Airport

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PASCO, Wash--  A security breach at the Tri-Cities Airport.  Security staff say it appears one of their own walked away while on the job.

Security officials aren't saying much.  They're still not sure what exactly happened.  Here's what we're told: it appears a security official working at the metal detector left the post while still on the clock.

As for how long, TSA officials aren't sure.  They tell us it appears less than a minute.  The problem is there were no cameras set up, and they're not sure if any passengers walked through without the proper check.

To err on the side of caution, about 160 passengers had to de-board, then re-board.  That total process took close to two hours. 

One of the big questions is post 9/11, how could something like this happen?  We're told it's a rarity.

"I think this is a fluke, a one time incident," says Chris Cox with U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  "As we get more information, if we can share it, we will.   And I think it'll be readily resolved.   I'd rather have a delay than a security incident."

There is no word on any penalties the officer may face.  TSA is investigating.  But there is a lesson to be learned--if this ever happens to you, alert either a law enforcement agent or a TSA.

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