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FAA briefly closes concourse at New York airport

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration closed one screening checkpoint at JFK International Airport in New York after agents became concerned that screeners were not following proper security procedures, an FAA spokeswoman said.

The checkpoint and the entire American Airlines concourse it served were closed about 4:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, spokeswoman Laura Brown said. All passengers were asked to go back into the main terminal while FAA agents swept the concourse.

The passengers were re-screened and the concourse was reopened a few hours later, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police said.

Brown had no information on how many passengers or flights were affected by the move. American Airlines and JFK operations did not immediately return calls for comment.

Brown said the action was not out of the ordinary for the FAA.

"Transportation Secretary (Norm) Mineta announced we would be doing crackdowns on whether (security screening) companies were using proper security procedures or not, so we've had agents all across the country checking," she said. "We've taken action as needed."

Eight airplanes at Dayton International Airport in Ohio were delayed about three hours Wednesday evening, Brown said. Agents had determined there were problems with the security screening process and made passengers deplane for re-screening.



 
 
 
 



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