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FAA reassigns Boston director after airport security breach

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BOSTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has reassigned the director of its security field office at Logan International Airport, where two of the hijacked planes in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks departed.

Mary Carol Turano was removed Friday from her post in charge of 15 field agents who test airport security. She was transferred to the FAA regional office in Burlington, where she will oversee hiring of security personnel in New England.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters refused to cite reasons for the transfer. "She has been reassigned," he said. "It's a personnel matter and we're not going to discuss it."

Turano did not return a telephone call seeking comment Saturday.

A gate area at Logan was evacuated Saturday morning after two ticketed passengers entered without going through metal detectors.

The pair were allowed into the area through an emergency exit by a private security guard. They were detained by state police, questioned, then released, said Jose Juves, spokesman for Massachusetts Port Authority. He declined to give further details.

Passengers were allowed to re-enter the US Airways gate area after authorities swept it for bombs.