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Boston Airport Gate Area Evacuated

September 29, 2001

BOSTON (AP) _ A gate area at Logan International Airport was evacuated Saturday morning after two ticketed passengers entered without going through metal detectors.

The pair was allowed to get into the area through an emergency exit by a private security guard. They were detained by state police, questioned, then released, said Jose Juves, spokesman for Massachusetts Port Authority. He declined to give further details.

Passengers were allowed to re-enter the US Airways gate area after authorities swept it for bombs.

The evacuation came a day after the Federal Aviation Administration reassigned the director of its security field office at Logan, from where two of the hijacked planes in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks departed.

Mary Carol Turano on Friday was removed from her post in charge of 15 field agents who test airport security and transferred to the FAA regional office in Burlington, where she will oversee hiring of security personnel in New England.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters refused to cite reasons for the transfer.

``She has been reassigned,″ Peters said. ``It’s a personnel matter and we’re not going to discuss it.″

Turano did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on Saturday.

Last week, despite heightened security, law enforcement officials carried a buck knife and a pocket full of bullets through Logan security checkpoints. According to a Boston Globe review of 10 years of FAA data, Logan had more real or fake weapons smuggled through security than any other airport.

Acting Gov. Jane Swift is calling in the National Guard to beef up security, and the Massachusetts Port Authority said it has increased the presence of uniformed officers at all security checkpoints.

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