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Federal workers screening baggage

November 11, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

HAGERSTOWN - Federal employees have begun checking the baggage of people getting on airplanes at Hagerstown Regional Airport, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said Friday.

The 13 federal baggage screeners assigned to the airport began work Tuesday, Motz said. Previously, employees of commercial airlines screened passengers at the airport.

As part of a federal law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist acts, it was mandated that by Nov. 19 there would be screeners trained and funded by the federal government working at all airports with commercial flights, Motz said.

Passengers at the Hagerstown airport will probably not notice any difference in airport security except for possibly realizing different people are doing the screening, she said.

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Hagerstown was one of 57 airports at which federal screeners started working this week, bringing the total number of airports with federal screeners to 360, Adm. James M. Loy, acting undersecretary of Transportation for Security, said in a news release.

Federal screeners receive 44 hours of classroom training and 60 hours of on-the-job training.

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