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Airport Worker Said to Fall Asleep

February 19, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Early morning flights out of Louisville International Airport were delayed Tuesday so passengers could be rescreened because a security employee was reported to have fallen asleep, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

An employee reported that he thought there had been a security breach, said Rande Swann, an airport spokeswoman.

``Apparently a screener was found early this morning to be sleeping at his or her post. And the result, the concourse had to be cleared and a number of passengers rescreened,″ said Cathleen Burgin of the FAA in Atlanta.

Calls seeking comment from representatives of the company that handles security, Globe Aviation, were not immediately returned.

``They are checking people back through, and we have long lines anyway at this time of day so it’s likely to take two hours to rescreen everybody plus the other flights that are scheduled to go out,″ Swann said.

The rescreenings began about 6:45 a.m. The airport has 23 to 25 scheduled departures between 6 and 8 a.m., and ``almost all airlines held their flights,″ Swann said.

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