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Passenger planes sit on the tarmac behind the perimeter fence at the Los Angeles International Airport in January. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Passenger planes sit on the tarmac behind the perimeter fence at the Los Angeles International Airport in January. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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6 things to know about security breaches at American airports

A year ago, 15-year-old Yahya Abdi climbed the fence protecting the airport in San Jose, California, hoisted himself into a parked plane's wheel well and survived a long, freezing flight to Hawaii.

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Passenger jet flies over the perimeter fence at the Los Angeles International Airport as it lands in February. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Passenger jet flies over the perimeter fence at the Los Angeles International Airport as it lands in February. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Port Authority stonewalls AP investigation of perimeter breaches at US airports

Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation's busiest airports — sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets.

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Travelers wait in line for a security check at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago
Travelers wait in line for a security check at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Loose change, $76,000 of it, left at airport security checkpoints last year

NEW YORK (AP) -- The TSA collected $76,000 in loose change left at security checkpoints in New York City area's three major airports last year.

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A sign is shown posted on a perimeter fence near a Delta 747 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
A sign is shown posted on a perimeter fence near a Delta 747 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Airport intrusions – Sampling of perimeter breaches at major US hubs

An Associated Press investigation documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports between January 2004 and January 2015. Here's a look at some of those breaches.

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Felon using expedited airport security lane renews concerns

A key lawmaker raised questions about air travel security after a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist organization was able to use an expedited airport security line.

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Passengers  queue  at the security checkpoint at the Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday July 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/dpa,Frank Rumpenhorst)
Passengers queue at the security checkpoint at the Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa,Frank Rumpenhorst)
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What’s behind the new airport security measures

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Obama administration is implementing tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S. out of concern that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, above, is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, above, is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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US asks for more security at some foreign airports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. has ordered tighter security at some foreign airports offering direct flights to the United States, the Homeland Security secretary said Tuesday.

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Paul Ciancia of Pennsville, NJ, charged with killing a TSA screener and wounding 3 other people at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Police Department.
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Security Report Cites 2013 LA Airport Shooting

The Transportation Security Administration is recommending armed officers be posted at airport security checkpoints during peak hours. This follows a nationwide review in response to a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport by a 23-year-old New Jersey man last fall.

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Kissing Bandit Bill Goes to Chris Christie

Legislation to toughen the penalty for an airport security breach was approved Thursday by the New Jersey Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

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New TSA Policy on Knives, Bats Sparks Backlash

Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration's new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes.

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