Newark Airport Federal Security Director Out

By Pat Battle
|  Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011  |  Updated 6:42 PM EDT
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Newark Federal Security Chief Out

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In this photo from Jan. 3, 2010, passengers fill the terminal after a security breach shut down Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport. The airport's federal security director has been reassigned.

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Newark Liberty International Airport's federal security director has been reassigned, following several security problems at the transportation hub.

It was announced on Tuesday that Barbara Powell was leaving the post, after numerous security breaches and problems with training.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that Powell had simply moved on and was being transferred after nearly four years in the job and nine years with the TSA.

The agency said she requested a reassignment and would serve as a senior adviser in the Office of Human Capital.

"Barbara Powell believes a good leader knows when it's time to step up and when it's time to step aside," the TSA said in a statement.

Earlier this year, The Star-Ledger of Newark detailed at least six recent security breaches at the airport, including a knife in a carry-on bag and a dead dog being loaded onto a jet without being screened.

The airport also had a major security breach in 2010 when a man slipped past a TSA officer so that he could see off his girlfriend on her flight to California.

Donald Drummer will be the federal security director at the airport. Drummer previously held similar positions at BWI Airport in Maryland and New York's JFK Airport.

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