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  • McGhee Tyson sheltering military, commercial aircraft as Irene bears down on East Coast.(TN)

    08/26/2011 12:10:18 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 2 replies
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | August 26, 2011 | staff
    The aircraft began arriving Thursday afternoon, and more will be flown to shelter today, according to Capt. Joseph Keith, executive officer for the 134th Air Refueling Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard.
  • French Airport Tests 'Virtual' Hologram Boarding Agents

    08/18/2011 11:31:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Orly, France - An airport in France is experimenting with "virtual" boarding agents in a bid to jazz up its terminals with 21st century avatars who always smile, don't need breaks and never go on strike. The pilot project at Paris' Orly airport began last month, and has so far been met with a mix of amusement and surprise by travelers, who frequently try to touch and speak with the strikingly life-like video images that greet them and direct them to their boarding gate. The images materialize seemingly out of thin air when a boarding agent -- a real live
  • As FAA Shutdown Continues, Obama Pleads With Congress to End Stalemate

    08/03/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 3, 2011
    As FAA Shutdown Continues, Obama Pleads With Congress to End Stalemate Published August 03, 2011 | President Obama ratcheted up the pressure on Congress Wednesday to return from a monthlong vacation and end an impasse over funding the Federal Aviation Administration, which is in the 12th day of a partial shutdown that has left more than 70,000 airport construction workers and 4,000 FAA employees out of work. "This is a lose-lose-lose situation that can be easily solved if Congress gets back into town and does its job," the president said at the start of a Cabinet meeting.
  • TSA testing Israeli-style screening program in Boston (Will it work in the USA?)

    08/03/2011 11:25:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/03/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Our Townhall colleague Katie Pavlich first spotted this story a couple of days ago, and now the Boston Herald has a fresh report on a new experiment for the Transportation Safety Administration. Instead of conducting random patdowns or irradiating all passengers, the TSA will try the Israeli screening approach to see whether they can more effectively spot potential threats. But will it work in the US, and does the TSA have the requisite skills and resources? CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Boston’s TSA screeners — part of a security force whose competency has come under fire nationwide — soon...
  • Part of NY's JFK Airport evacuated after bag found

    07/25/2011 6:54:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/25/11
    Part of NY's JFK Airport evacuated after bag foundAP 27 mins ago NEW YORK (AP) Part of New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport has been evacuated due to a suspicious bag. Steve Coleman of the Port Authority, which runs the airport, says the bag was left in the business class lounge at the American Airlines Terminal 8 around 7:40 a.m. Monday. Terminal 8 was shut down as a precaution. The rest of the airport is still open.
  • Man Takes Viagra, Wears Sweatpants for TSA Pat Down

    07/18/2011 5:53:46 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 44 replies
    The Washington Fancy ^ | 7/13/11 | Garret Baldwin
    NASHVILLE INTL AIRPORT A Wyoming man walked through a TSA checkpoint with a raging erection on Tuesday, daring TSA officers and even fellow passengers to give him an invasive pat down. Im next, Warren Kelvin, 34, screamed as he pushed to the front of the security line. According to TSA officials, Kelvin had ingested two Viagra and wore sweatpants without boxers for his Southwest flight from Nashville to Phoenix.
  • DC Circuit Holds that New Airport Screening Security Measures Comply With the Fourth Amendment

    07/15/2011 9:00:00 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 7 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 07/15/2011 | Orin Kerr
    The new airport screening measures involving millimeter wave technology and backscatter technology together with the opt-out of a pat-down have received a great deal of public attention. Back when the new measures were first widely introduced, I blogged about why a Fourth Amendment challenge to the new practices was an uphill battle. Today, the DC Circuit handed down an opinion in EPIC v. Department of Homeland Security holding that the new practices comply with the Fourth Amendment. I believe this is the first clear court ruling on the question, and its certainly the first from a federal court...
  • Feds Plan Huge Campground - in Brooklyn (camp at old airport)

    06/14/2011 8:04:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 62 replies · 2+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Jun 14, 2011 | Greg Wilson
    Old airfield could host 600 sites, says National Park Service Roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories and sleeping under the stars - in New York City? The National Park Service is planning a 600-site campground in Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, a onetime airport used by Amelia Earhart. The campground would be the largest urban tent-pitching site in the nation, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "We want to make New York the leading example of what we can do around the country with urban parks," Salazar said.
  • Tiny Payout In TSA Breast Exposure Lawsuit

    06/02/2011 9:49:33 AM PDT · by Conservative_Rob · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 06/01/2011 | The Smoking Gun
    JUNE 1--The U.S. government paid a paltry $2350 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Texas woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration after her breasts were exposed during a vigorous frisking at a Texas airport, records show. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Justice released a copy of the settlement agreement reached earlier this year with Lynsie Murley, the 24-year-old Amarillo woman who sued the TSA for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress in connection with the May 2008 incident at the Corpus Christi airport. [snip]
  • New technology will keep track of airport travellers via smartphones (You will be watched)

    05/31/2011 2:21:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 05/30/2011 | Shweta Jain, Senior Reporter
    Dubai: Don't be surprised if your every movement is being tracked at airports two years from now. SITA, specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions, is experimenting with a new technology that can track passengers. "It simply means the moment a passenger comes to the airport, the airport systems would know," said Jihad Boueri, SITA's VP of Solution Line, Middle East and North Africa. He said that it can be done by tracking travellers' smart phones or detecting them through the airport's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth systems. "It would help the airport in knowing the passenger flow," Boueri said. While...
  • Cleveland Airport ?'s

    05/30/2011 5:28:37 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 21 replies
    My 17 year old will be flying by herself on Friday but she has to change planes in Cleveland and has less than one hour in which to do so. She will be on the same airline but she will have to get off at Terminal C and catch the connecting flight at Terminal D. When looking at the map, it does not indicate if it is a matter of just walking right over to the "D" section: If you are familiar with this airport, please let me know so I can give her some peace of mind. She...
  • New tests of U.S. airport scanners find radiation OK

    05/27/2011 12:43:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/27/11 | Jerome Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) New tests of full-body scanners deployed at airports found that the radiation they emit was within acceptable levels, the Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday after previous checks found some anomalies in results. The machines, which have provoked health concerns about excessive radiation exposure, have been deployed at dozens of airports to thwart attacks on the U.S. aviation system which has continued to be a prime target of al Qaeda militants. "The latest reports confirm previous testing and show that every backscatter unit currently used for passenger screening in U.S. airports is operating well within applicable national...
  • Islamic Group Asks Napolitano To Investigate Islamophobic Trainers

    05/24/2011 2:50:04 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Islamic Group Asks Napolitano To Investigate Islamophobic Trainers Tuesday, May 24, 2011 By Penny Starr ( An Islamic civil rights group has sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security asking her to investigate whether outside trainers in charge of training national security personnel are Islamophobic. On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, distributed a press release about the letter, of the same date, addressed to Janet Napolitano. CAIR charges in the letter that an agency-wide probe should be launched to determine if trainers offer hostile, stereotypical and grossly inaccurate information about Muslims and Islam as...
  • Would-be traveler grounded for biting at airport

    05/19/2011 8:01:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | May 19, 2011 | PAUL WALSH
    A drunken woman thwarted from boarding a flight bit a Twin Cities airport police officer after she was arrested for causing a foul-mouthed ruckus at a Lindbergh Terminal gate, according to charges. Megan L. Biersach, 23, of Minnetonka, was jailed Tuesday and made bail ahead of a Friday afternoon court appearance. The officer for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport went to the hospital with a bite wound that broke the skin on his arm, the criminal complaint noted. He returned to work that day, said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.
  • Baby leopards, panthers, bear rescued from luggage at Thailand airport

    05/13/2011 11:08:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Thailand News ^ | 5/13/11
    Baby leopards, panthers, bear rescued from luggage at Thailand airportThailand News.Net Friday 13th May, 2011 (Source: Globe and Mail) Authorities at Thailand's international airport arrested a first-class passenger Friday whose suitcases were filled with baby leopards, panthers, a bear and monkeys. The animals had been drugged and were headed for Dubai.The man, a 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen, was waiting to check-in for his flight at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport when he was apprehended by undercover anti-trafficking officers, who had been monitoring him since his black market purchase of the rare and endangered animals, according to the FREELAND Foundation, an...
  • TSA stands by decision to use intimate screening techniques on 6-year-old girl

    04/14/2011 10:28:33 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/13/11 | Chris Moody
    Facing outrage after a video surfaced online of a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) worker performing the new enhanced pat-down techniques on a six-year-old girl, TSA defended its decision in a statement Wednesday. Some folks are asking if the proper procedures were followed. Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures, a TSA spokesman wrote on the agencys official blog. Six-year-old Anna Drexel was flagged to undergo an extra screening procedure at the New Orleans airport earlier this month that required an agent to place her fingers inside the rim...
  • Man arrested at Logan with antique guns(MA)

    04/10/2011 5:41:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | Martin Finucane and Travis Andersen
    A 44-year-old man is facing charges after trying to pass through a security checkpoint at Logan International Airport with two antique pistols, State Police said. State Police said they arrested Brent Cameron of New London, N.H., at about 7:43 a.m. yesterday at Terminal E after he was stopped by TSA officers. The pistols were detected by TSA workers using an X-ray machine. No ammunition was found with the guns. Cameron told troopers he had bought the guns, .22-caliber Derringers, at an auction last week and said he did not know they were in the bag, State Police said.
  • The 10 Best Airports In The World (No, America isn't in the top 10)

    03/30/2011 4:55:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/30/2011 | Leah Goldman and Gus Lubin
    The world's best airport is located in Hong Kong, and it is just getting better. HKIA received the highest rating, up from third place, in a survey of 11 million travelers published today by Skytrax. The 13-year-old airport was the world's busiest airport by cargo traffic in 2010. Over the next decade it will add another 20 gates. Other top airports are mostly in Asia, including last year's winner in Singapore. Sorry, but none of them are located in America. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE TOP 10 AND REASONS WHY...
  • Suspicious Package Reported at MIA

    03/24/2011 9:13:10 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 24, 2011 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Hours after a massive fire ripped through a fuel tank at Miami International Airport, a suspicious package caused an evacuation of a terminal Thursday morning. Concourse J at Terminal 5 was evacuated and locked down shortly before 8 a.m. after a suspicious bag was found on a baggage carousel. A bomb squad was called in as authorities investigated. The area was cleared by 9 a.m. and passengers were being allowed back into the concourse. The fire was reported in a fuel tank around 11 p.m. Wednesday, and took firefighters a couple hours to extinguish. No one was injured.
  • Large fuel fire breaks out at Miami International Airport

    03/23/2011 11:34:15 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 27 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 3-24-2011 | Luisa Yanez and Diana Moskovitz
    Miami-Dade firefighters were battling a major fire at Miami International Airport early Thursday. Drivers could see smoke billowing from the airport as they drove on nearby State Road 836 shortly after 11 p.m. The fire started Wednesday night and raged into early Thursday morning. The fire was at a fuel tank farm in the southeast corner of the airport, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Eric Baum said. The fire was not near runways or the terminals, he said. An airport spokeswoman said that, as of 1 a.m., only one flight had been delayed. But getting the fire under control would...
  • Ready for Unionized Airport Security?

    03/11/2011 5:02:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3-11-11 | kimberly strassel
    Even as state battles rage, the Obama administration has been facilitating the largest federal union organizing effort in history. Tens of thousands of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are now casting votes to choose a union to collectively bargain for cushier personnel practices on their behalf. Liberals are calling it a "historic" vote. It is. Henceforth, airport security will play second fiddle to screener "rights."
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • US Soldiers Shot Dead At Frankfurt Airport (ROP)

    03/02/2011 8:00:10 AM PST · by TSgt · 122 replies
    SkyNews ^ | 03/02/2011 | SkyNews
    Two US soldiers have been killed in a shooting at Frankfurt airport, Sky sources have said. Two other people are said to have been injured in the incident and police have reportedly arrested a 21-year-old suspect from Kosovo. The shots were fired on or near a bus carrying soldiers, according to reports.
  • Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault

    03/01/2011 6:32:14 AM PST · by tarpit · 12 replies
    WMUR ^ | 3/1/2011 | wmur
    A House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would make it a sexual assault for an airport screener to touch or view a person's breast or genitals without probable cause. The bill (HB628-FN) includes anyone working as a security agent of the federal, state, or local government, and includes touching or viewing with a "technological device." The bill states "discussing or possessing a copy of the Constitution, discussing the security apparatus of an airport, being on the premises of an airport, possessing an airplane ticket or any other type of ticket for access to...
  • Deadly blast at Moscows Domodedovo airport (FSB looking for three potential accomplices,)

    01/24/2011 2:20:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 25 January, 2011, 00:55
    35 people have been killed in an explosion at Moscows Domodedovo airport according to the airport spokesperson. Up to 168 are said to have been injured in what the Investigative Committee believes to be a terror attack.Eighty-six people have been taken to nearby hospitals, 46 of them are reported to be in critical condition. Some reports say there are foreign citizens among the victims, including those from the UK, Italy, France, Serbia and Slovakia. *************************snip************************************ FSB knew about possible terror attack reports Russias Federal Security Bureau had known about a suicide bomber in the city, but their information was...
  • Russia: Terror attack kills 35 at Moscow airport

    01/24/2011 9:02:45 AM PST · by Kartographer · 81 replies
    Ap/YahooNews ^ | 1/23/10 | LYNN BERRY
    A spokeswoman for Moscow's busiest airport says 35 people have been killed by an explosion in its international arrivals hall. Domodedovo Airport spokeswoman Yelena Galanova made the statement Monday on Russia's NTV television. Other officials put the death toll at 31 and said about 130 people were injured in the explosion Monday afternoon. President Dmitry Medvedev said it looked like a terror attack and the state RIA Novosti news agency said the blast may have been set off by a suicide bomber.
  • VIDEO: Amateur video taken seconds after terrorist bombing in Moscow airport

    01/24/2011 8:24:37 AM PST · by Publius772000 · 18 replies
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 01/24/11 | Michael Naragon
    Video taken immediately after the bombing.
  • Man Who Refused To Show ID at Sunport Acquitted

    01/22/2011 9:09:03 AM PST · by Let's Roll · 28 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 01/22/2011 | Lloyd Jojola
    In a case that garnered nationwide attention, the Seattle man accused of disorderly conduct and other crimes following his refusal to show his ID at the security checkpoint of the Albuquerque airport was acquitted of all counts Friday.
  • (DFW) Airport Steaming Over Strip Club Neighbor

    01/06/2011 6:34:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 6, 2011 | Arezow Doost
    FORT WORTH One of the busiest airports in the world will soon be a neighbor to an upscale gentlemens club, but some prominent North Texans are trying to shut it down before it even opens. A new Ricks Cabaret is about to open near the South entrance to DFW International Airport. The problem for many is that its one of the first things youll see going to or from the airport. The club is expected to open its doors in a few weeks. Owners say their place is going to make the airport sexier. But for travelers at DFW,...
  • Can of Hairspray Styles Bomb Scare at Miami Airport

    12/28/2010 12:42:53 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 3+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | 12/28/10 | FIORELLA ALVAREZ and TODD WRIGHT
    Hairspray, not a bomb, explodes on a plane at Miami International Airport Hair spray has just been added to the "No Fly" list at Miami International Airport. An aerosol can is believed to have caused a piece of luggage being loaded to a plane to explode Tuesday, causing a mass panic for airport and fire rescue officials. The Miami-Dade bomb squad was called to the airport around 11:30 a.m. after a baggage handler said he was taking liggage to an American Airlines plane that had just arrived from Boston and a bag exploded, sending pieces of metal flying. The worker...
  • Two flight schools at Santa Monica Airport denied by City Hall

    12/27/2010 12:03:54 PM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Santa Monica Daily Press ^ | 12/24/10 | Taborekwrite
    SMO City Manager Rod Gould has denied two applications for new flight schools at Santa Monica Airport, citing the "particularly intense environmental impacts" the schools would have had. The move went against a recommendation from Airport Director Bob Trimborn but was in keeping with guidance from the Airport Commission, which last month voted 3-1, with one abstention, to urge denial of the applications. The schools, the Flight Academy and Angel City Flyers, had sought to operate a maximum of three airplanes for flight instruction. The Flight Academy, which is based in Washington state, had applied to operate one plane,...
  • Loaded gun gets past TSA screeners in Houston airport

    12/20/2010 6:42:53 AM PST · by FredJake · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/16/2010 | Joe Newby
    Listening to Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano and TSA administrator John Pistole, one gets the impression that the pat-downs and body scanners are just the thing to keep us safe in the air. Not so fast - ABC News reported Thursday that a loaded gun made it through a security checkpoint in Houton, Texas last fall. That's right - a loaded snub nose "baby" Glock pistol stuffed in a computer bag got all the way through security, even though the computer bag that held it got x-rayed. TSA agents at the checkpoint never noticed the pistol. "It's just impossible to...
  • 10 Scenic Airport Landings

    12/16/2010 2:56:36 PM PST · by loreldan · 47 replies · 4+ views
    Budget Travel ^ | 12/14/2010 | Kristin Luna
    Everyone knows views are best from above. That's why we asked pilots and flight attendants who've racked up millions of sky miles to locate the world's most beautiful approaches. You'll definitely want a window seat on these flights. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (see photo 1 of 2) Princess Juliana International Airport is one of the most infamousand photographedin the world because its runway starts on a peninsula just hundreds of feet off St. Maarten's shore. "The airport is framed by the beautiful water to the right and front, and the hills that rise in the background," says Captain Bob Raleigh, the...
  • 'Are you a terrorist?' The simple question

    12/14/2010 10:14:52 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 23 replies
    Mail online ^ | David Rose
    Airport security checks are not only intrusive, demeaning and a mind-numbing drain on our precious time. They don't actually work. But as David Rose reports from Israel, a new generation of scanning systems are so good they can pick out a terrorist by asking a terribly simple question: Are you or are you not a terrorist?
  • This is supposed to be funny?

    12/11/2010 8:54:18 PM PST · by mylife · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Yuoutube ^ | 12/11/10 | Lindt Lindor Chocolate
    Lindt Lindor Chocolate commercial
  • An evaluation of airport x-ray backscatter units based on image characteristics

    12/10/2010 2:35:38 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 13 replies · 2+ views ^ | 27 October 2010 | Len Kaufman, Joseph W. Carlson
    Abstract Little information exists on the performance of x-ray backscatter machines now being deployed through UK, US and other airports. We implement a Monte Carlo simulation using as input what is known about the x-ray spectra used for imaging, device specifications and available images to estimate penetration and exposure to the body from the x-ray beam, and sensitivity to dangerous contraband materials. We show that the body is exposed throughout to the incident x-rays, and that although images can be made at the exposure levels claimed (under 100 nanoGrey per view), detection of contraband can be foiled in these systems....
  • Trusted Traveler Program Lets Mexicans Skip Airport Security

    12/09/2010 12:58:28 PM PST · by La Lydia · 80 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 9, 2010
    As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the United States has signed a trusted traveler agreement that allows pre-screened Mexican airline passengers to bypass lengthy airport security checkpoints. The foreigners will get trusted traveler cards with fingerprints and other biometric data and they must answer customs declarations questions on touch-screen kiosks before leaving airport inspection areas. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims its a way to enhance information sharing and mutual security in the face of ever-evolving, multinational threats. About 84 million Mexicans are expected to qualify for the trusted traveler program, according to...

    12/09/2010 10:21:44 AM PST · by brycemax · 33 replies · 3+ views
    No lie, there are aliens on earth! They're living and working amongst us. OPEN YOUR EYES!!!
  • Brothers compromised security at company's airport location

    12/03/2010 12:42:35 PM PST · by DFG · 18 replies
    Nashville City Paper ^ | 12/02/10 | James Nix
    A brother of three men indicted last month on federal sex trafficking charges provided one of them access to restricted areas at the Nashville International Airport including in the cockpit of a plane. The information came out during a hearing regarding the federal detention of Abdifatah Sharif Omar and Mohamed Sharif Omar Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Nashville. The two, along with brother Liban Sharif Omar, are three of the 29 individuals mostly from Minneapolis and Nashville indicted in November on federal charges of sex trafficking involving juvenile girls.
  • Police X-raying packages at Louisville airport for possible explosives

    11/30/2010 7:57:29 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 9 replies
    WHAS 11 ^ | November 30, 2010 | staff
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say they are checking packages at Louisville International Airport where a dog trained to sniff for explosives reacted to a pallet at a remote cargo facility. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz says after the dog alerted officers at around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the facility was evacuated and explosives experts were brought in. She says the airport closed one runway as a precaution. Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says a bomb squad was X-raying packages. The animals are trained to signal if they believe they detect explosives, but officials note an alert can be given...
  • Wash. Post tears into Israeli airport security checks that profile Arabs

    11/27/2010 7:02:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/10 | Lee Rennert
    The headline and lead paragraph of Jerusalem correspondent Janine Zacharia's Nov. 27 article might lead readers of the Washington Post to believe that they're about to find out why many in the aviation industry consider Israel's screening of passengers the gold standard in airport security measures. ("Israeli air security is easy on most, intrusive for a few" page A7). But they would be wrong. Because, it turns out, the bulk of her article is a full-bore attack on Israel's profiling methods, including special scrutiny of Arab travelers.. The result of such profiling, Zacharia reports, is that most travelers pass through...
  • Eliana Sutherland says TSA agents singled her out for her breasts

    11/26/2010 8:52:22 PM PST · by greatdefender · 31 replies · 1+ views
    ORLANDO, Florida -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency will look further into allegations that two male TSA workers picked a woman for additional screening because of her breasts. Eliana Sutherland recently flew from Orlando International Airport and told our sister station WKMG Local 6 she felt the two male TSA workers were staring at her breasts and chose her for additional screening because of their size. "It was pretty obvious. One of the guys that was staring me up and down was the one who pulled me over," said Sutherland. "Not a comfortable feeling." Experiences...
  • TSA Blinks

    11/26/2010 4:40:54 PM PST · by DWar · 32 replies
    We Wont Fly ^ | November 26, 2010 | James Babb & George Donnelly
    Philadelphia, PA Thanksgiving travelers opted out of commercial air travel in large numbers across the country on Opt Out Day as reports came in of eerily quiet airports, shorter than usual security lines, swamped bus and train stations and 94 per cent of travelers opting to drive instead of fly. We Wont Fly has received multiple reports of the federal governments Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shutting down full body scanners, selecting fewer people for secondary screening, using less invasive patdowns and being unusually friendly and helpful to flyers.
  • Newark airport controversial scanners are barely used on busiest travel day

    11/25/2010 8:59:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ] ^ | 11/25/10 | Steve Strunsky and Alexi Friedman
    NEWARK The choice between a "virtual strip search" and a "grope" was strictly academic Wednesday for most holiday travelers flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport. The majority of Newarks full-body scanners were idle throughout much of the day, depriving most passengers of the chance to opt out of the controversial screening procedure even if they had wanted to. All in all, Thanksgiving eve was a non-event at Newark Liberty, reflecting the relative calm reported at airports around the country. "Things have gone very, very smoothly,"
  • Doctors sound TSA germ alert

    11/25/2010 8:37:40 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 117 replies · 2+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: November 24, 2010 | By Bob Unruh
    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINES Doctors sound TSA germ alert Dangers include syphilis, lice, viruses, ringworm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: November 24, 2010 9:09 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh 2010 WorldNetDaily Syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, ringworm, chlamydia, staph, strep, noro and papilloma viruses all are part of the possible fringe benefits when airline passengers next go through a full hands-on pat-down by agents of the federal government's Transportation Security Administration, according to doctors. WND reported two days ago on alarmed passengers who noted that TSA agents doing the pat-downs that have been described by critics as molestation since they include touching private body...
  • 133 LAX passengers refuse body scans and get pat-downs, TSA says

    11/24/2010 3:44:25 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 50 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 24, 2010 | Bob Pool
    Of the 150,000 travelers who have so far gone through Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, 133 have opted out of the full-body scanners and receive enhanced pat-downs, according to officials. Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, said 17 of 19 body-scanning machines at LAX on Wednesday were operational. The scanners at Terminal 1 were off for at least part of the day, and Melendez said he didn't know why. Many passengers paid little attention to the screenings.
  • Airport lines move smoothly despite warnings

    11/24/2010 12:51:00 PM PST · by jerry557 · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/24/10 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans. The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters including, presumably, a man seen walking around the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and a woman wearing a bikini in Los Angeles. After days of tough talk on the Internet and warnings of possible delays, some passengers decided to...
  • TSA 'Opt-Out' Bags Handed Out at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    11/24/2010 11:19:58 AM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Phoenix ^ | 11-24-2010 | Ed Vallejo
    Freedom's Phoenix is reporting great interest in the TSA Opt-Out Bags they are handing out at Sky Harbor Airport - one of the first airports to "test" strip-search machines. The bags contain a clean pair of gloves for those inclined to a feel-up, so that the TSA agent won't give them whatever cooties are on the used gloves, but also a DVD of Rep. Dr. RON PAUL, the gentleman who introduced the Traveler Dignity Act in Congress, and the number of Marc Victor, esq., who will be happy to represent them in any false arrest or litigation stemming from the...
  • Top 10 Things NOT To Say During TSA Pat-Down

    11/24/2010 7:35:37 AM PST · by BigChiefLtd · 25 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 11/24/2010 | Gerry Ashley
    As a public service to our readers, Grand Rants would like to offer a few suggestions that can minimize your delays and make your travel a bit safer and less burdensome. Of course, the Obama administration gives exemptions to themselves regarding these new security requirements (ironic, dont you think?). Michelle Malkin has a great piece on the epitome of chutzpah regarding this. Toward that end, and in the interest of avoiding what could be a 3-5 year delay on your travel (with accomodations provided by the graybar hotel), I offer the following things probably best left unsaid if you are...
  • Flight Attendants Exempt From Scanners, Pat Downs ("known and trusted group"...profiling!)

    11/24/2010 6:54:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    Smarter ^ | 11/24/10 | Carl Unger
    The TSA says flight attendants will be able to bypass the agency's new airport security procedures, effective immediately... In an email to Bloomberg, TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said, "Flight attendants, like pilots, are a known and trusted group."