The Nation: Fly Me--If You're Clean

Since the introduction of the magnetometer, an anti-skyjacking gadget that looks like a pair of mechanical bean poles, the most intriguing refuse is found in washrooms and wastebaskets at major airports. Says Jay Adsen, FAA security chief at Los Angeles International Airport: "It's really amazing, the things people carry around with them." Amazing indeed—and more than a little disturbing. At Chicago's O'Hare Airport, federal marshals have scooped up knives, handguns, tear-gas guns and stolen credit cards. In Los Angeles, officials found in a boarding area a jacket containing a .22 revolver, a .38 revolver, a .25 automatic and three boxes of...

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