Hit & Run

Those Darn Malfunctions


The TSA brings its special sort of joy to Long Beach:

More than 500 passengers had to repeat security checks and four JetBlue Airways departing flights were delayed, one until after an 11 p.m. curfew…

The Transportation Security Administration, which operates passenger and baggage screening at the nation's airports, would say only that an unknown machine "malfunction" was being investigated as the culprit.

But at least two airport and law enforcement sources said a magnetometer, used to screen passengers at the airport's south passenger boarding lounge, was found about 8:30 p.m. to have been unplugged, likely for at least 15 minutes.

[Via Joanne McNeil.]