Airport-Security Firm Argenbright to Be Nearly Gone from U.S. Airports
Friday, April 19, 2002 01:03 AM ET
ATLANTA -- Argenbright Security Inc., once the nation's largest airport- security company, is making an airport departure of its own.
Atlanta-based Argenbright, a unit of British-owned Securicor PLC, will be nearly gone from U.S. airports next week, all but forced out of the business by a string of security breaches: Criminals were found working as screeners, gates were left unattended and weapons were taken aboard planes even after Sept. 11, the day hijackers passed through security at gates guarded by Argenbright in Newark, N.J., and Washington.
The attacks and the lapses spurred the federal government to take over U.S. airport security. Passenger screening will be done by federal employees instead of security companies under contract to the airlines.
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