Effectiveness of Newark airport screeners questioned after test failure

(12/15/04) NEWARK Residents flying into and out of New Jersey at Newark Liberty Airport are concerned after screeners apparently failed an important routine test.

The Transportation Security Administration passed half the test they noticed a fake bomb planted by government officials in an effort to determine the effectiveness of airport security. However, the screeners seem to have failed the second part of the exam miserably when they lost the item. The fake bomb, made up of wires, a detonator and a clock, was eventually flown to Amsterdam.

Although the TSA was not available for comment on the issue, officials say the secret tests will continue until security is improved. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ) have requested an immediate probe into the incident.

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