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  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2015 | Lynh Bui
    Washington area airports and others along the East Coast are reporting flight delays due to an issue with the system that routes air traffic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control Web site. “The FAA is diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” according to a statement from the agency. “Some flights into and out of the New York and Washington, DC metro area airports area may be delayed.”
  • Hidden cameras show airport workers stealing

    04/14/2015 1:21:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 14, 2015 | By Scott Zamost, Drew Griffin and Curt Devine CNN
    MIAMI (CNN) - Inside a plane at Miami International Airport, baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers' bags. What they don't know is that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes. "It's a problem we all face," said police Lt. Pete Estis. "We will continue to be proactive until we can see that the claims of pilfering through luggage will actually decrease."And these insider...
  • Does Mayor Emanuel Know Where Chicago’s Airports Got Their Names?

    03/26/2015 12:36:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    CBS ^ | 3-26-15 | Bernie Tofoya
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared to suggest renaming one of Chicago’s airports after President Barack Obama on Thursday, but also sounded confused about how the O’Hare and Midway got their current names. During a mayoral forum at Chicago State University, the mayor seemed a bit flustered as he answered a question about his quick about-face after he suggested naming a Chicago high school for President Barack Obama, and renaming Stony Island Avenue for the late civic leader Rev. Arthur Brazier. That’s when the mayor brought up the city’s two airports. “We have to, in some way, whether it’s President Obama or...
  • White House defends Obamas’ two flights to ‘different airports’ in L.A.

    03/16/2015 9:24:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/16/15 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Monday that taxpayers paid for first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama to fly on separate planes to Los Angeles on the same day last week because they were traveling to “different airports” on slightly different schedules. “They flew into different airports,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “It’s also my understanding that the first lady actually left to get back to Washington, D.C., before the president even arrived in California.” Mr. Obama flew to Los Angeles International airport last Thursday on Air Force One, arriving around 4 p.m. local time for an appearance on
  • Somali American Appointed to Metropolitan Airport Commission Board

    02/16/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies ^ | 2/16/15 | Todd Wilson
    Ibrahim Mohamed has worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for almost 11 years. Within that time, his jobs have ranged from cabinet-maker, to ticket-verifier to, currently, a cart driver. "Absolutely, I do enjoy my job that's why I stay on it still," he said. But now Mohamed faces a new and daunting challenge. He's been appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the 14-member Metropolitan Airports Commission. He will be the only current airport employee. Mohamed's appointment is also historic and has not gone unnoticed. "His appointment is welcomed by the community but it also shows that it's long overdue,"...
  • Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

    01/27/2015 10:58:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ali Khalil
    Dubai airport has soared ahead of London's Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world's top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1 percent last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further surge in traveller numbers in 2015. Dubai International is home to Emirates, the Middle East's largest carrier, which along with Abu Dhabi's Etihad and Qatar Airways has seized a significant portion of travel between the West, Asia and Australasia.
  • Dubai replaces Heathrow as busiest airport

    01/13/2015 8:28:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joel Lewin
    Dubai leapfrogged Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2014, the head of the Gulf hub said on Monday. Dubai International airport dealt with about 71m international passengers in 2014, according to chief executive Paul Griffiths, surpassing the 68.1 million that passed through Heathrow. "Heathrow is losing a lot of traffic to Dubai because we're able to cater for the connections that Heathrow no longer has the capacity to service," said Mr Griffiths, referring to how the UK's largest airport is operating at near full capacity on its two runways.
  • Passenger tossed after flipping out over staff’s ‘Merry Christmas’

    12/25/2014 5:18:25 AM PST · by Labyrinthos · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 25, 2014 | Michael Liss, Daniel Prendergast and Philip Messing
    Bah, humbug! A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas. The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes. The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.” ...
  • New York LaGuardia named North America's most frustrating airport

    12/05/2014 9:17:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2014 | John Hutchinson
    New York LaGuardia has been named as the most frustrating airport in the US and Canada. Taking into account the time it takes to get there, the security processes, the quality of the terminals and facilities, and how many flights get delayed, LaGuardia takes the crown it doesn't want. Around 3,000 frequent flyers gave their opinions on 36 airports in the US and Canada; the 25 busiest US airports are listed as well as six of the seven busiest in Canada.
  • O'Hare among five U.S. airports to beef up screening for Ebola

    10/09/2014 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/08/14 | Dan Hinkel, Dana Ferguson, Jon Hilkevitch
    Stepping up efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic from spreading widely in the United States, federal authorities and officials in Chicago on Wednesday announced preventive measures that will include more intense health screening for airline passengers arriving at O'Hare International Airport from West African countries. **SNIP** When screening starts at O'Hare, federal personnel will staff a triage station in the international arrivals area and run passports of passengers coming from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to determine whether they've been in affected regions, Hasbrouck said. Passengers will fill out questionnaires and may be subject to fever detection, he said. Temperatures...
  • Obama: US Working on Protocols for Ebola Screening at Airports

    10/07/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 6, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration was working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola and would step up efforts to make medical professionals aware of what to do if they encounter a case. Obama made the disclosure after meeting top administration officials involved in attempting to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. After a series of missteps involving the handling of a man who arrived in Dallas from Liberia with Ebola, Obama said "we have learned lessons in terms of what happened in Dallas."
  • Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

    10/02/2014 7:10:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/02/14 | Abby Phillip
    Several African nations have restricted or banned air travel from Ebola-stricken countries, and airlines including Kenya Airways, British Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire and Nigeria's Arik Air have suspended flights from the countries. Front Page Africa reported on Wednesday, though, that Kenya Airways and Air Cote D’Ivoire are expected to resume some of their so-called "Ebola flights" this month. Others airlines have greatly reduced air travel in the region.
  • The Airport That Feeds the Oil Boom: The Fastest Growing Airports Are in North Dakota

    07/31/2014 7:18:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/31/2014 | Scott McCartney
    A double-wide mobile-home trailer that used to serve as an elementary-school classroom is now the airport terminal. A conference room is the Hertz rental counter. And there is no baggage carousel, just a small counter where baggage workers pile luggage. Sloulin Field International Airport here wasn't built to be one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, but it is now. Traffic last year was 254% higher than just two years earlier. Airlines fly in with jets weighing twice as much as what the runway was built for. And when the parking lot is full, cars are left in ditches...
  • Obama to promote foreign tourism in upstate NY (tourists, or . . . ?)

    05/22/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama wants to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama planned to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the U.S. and the latest steps he is taking to boost it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama acted two years ago to speed the processing of tourist visas for visitors from China and Brazil, steps that have dramatically reduced the length...
  • TSA Week in Review – 45 Loaded Firearms, Concealed Firearms on Three Passengers, Inert WWI Shells

    04/12/2014 1:55:50 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 20 replies
    The TSA Blog ^ | 04/11/14 | The TSA Blog
    Concealed Firearms– Normally when our officers discover firearms, they’re inside carry-on bags. This week, three loaded firearms were discovered on the passenger. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds and one chambered was discovered strapped to a passenger’s ankle after walking through a metal detector at Cincinnati (CVG). A loaded 380. caliber firearm with a round chambered was discovered in the rear pocket of a San Antonio (SAT) passenger during Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening. A 380. caliber firearm loaded with five rounds was discovered after a passenger walked through a metal detector at Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW)....
  • 2014: The 10 Best Airports In The World

    03/27/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | ALEX DAVIES AND JULIE ZEVELOFF
    Skytrax has released the results of its annual World Airport Awards and, once again, Singapore's Changi Airport has taken the top spot. It's no surprise that Changi came out on top again. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, such as a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theaters, hotels, spas, and showers — and even a four-story slide. Skytrax based its rankings on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities and included 410 airports worldwide. It incorporated passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 categories, including service and shopping and security and immigration. All the airports commended last year made the 2014...
  • Woman Arrested at Toronto Airport Had 10,000 Diamonds Hidden in Body

    02/24/2014 2:50:14 AM PST · by Cindy · 82 replies
    THE GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | February 21, 2013 | by Tu Thanh Ha
    SNIPPET: "The arrest of a woman accused of hiding more than 10,000 diamonds inside her body when she landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport comes amid warnings that Canada is one of the countries where illicit diamonds have been used for money laundering." SNIPPET: "The woman had landed at Pearson on a Feb. 3 flight from Trinidad and Tobago, when she came to the attention of a Canada Border Services Agency officer, according to CBSA spokeswoman Vanessa Barrasa. The RCMP said the woman was found to have carried 10,202 stones inside her. The 1,500 carats (about 300 grams) of rough...
  • We laugh at naked bodies and take apple butter from old ladies': Ex-TSA agent confirms...

    01/31/2014 2:22:26 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    A former TSA officer has confirmed many of the worst suspicions about airport security screeners: they stop passengers for having an attitude, they confiscate snow globes from children and nail clippers from pilots, they profile passengers based on their nationality. And yes, they do see travelers naked in the X-ray photos. ... ‘I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying,’ he...
  • Congress should abolish the TSA -- it's time to privatize airport screening

    11/30/2013 4:06:52 AM PST · by cutty · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2013 | Chris Edwards
    Over a decade of experience has shown that the nationalization of airport screening was a mistake. ... Private airport screening is the successful approach used by many other high-income nations. Indeed, all main airports in Canada use private screening firms, as do more than 80 percent of Europe’s main airports.
  • Man Caught with Bomb-Making Materials Trying to Board LAX-Bound Flight

    10/29/2013 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Marina del Rey Patch ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Craign Clough
    Antony Piazza is stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning. Piazza was stopped at Pierre Trudeau Airport during security screening early Sunday morning when bomb components -- but no actual explosives -- were found in his carry-on luggage, and his duplex in the Montreal suburb of La Salle was searched, according to media reports from Montreal. Antony Piazza, who changed his name from Houshang Nazemi in 1986, ... A native of Tehran, Iran, Piazza moved to Canada in 1979. In 1985, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to CBC News...
  • Chinese Cabin Crew Learn Kung Fu as Mobs of ‘Unstable’ Passengers Attack Staff Over Flight Delays

    07/29/2013 3:13:53 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 14 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013 | Malcolm Moore
    China has spent billions on building some of the largest and most modern airports in the world, but, much to everyone’s embarrassment, it seems unable to get planes to fly between them on time. Last month, only 18 per cent of the 22,000 flights out of Beijing’s Capital airport departed on schedule, according to the aviation research company FlightStats, making it the world’s worst major airport for punctuality. Not one Chinese airport managed to get even half of its flights to leave on time. The delays have seen mobs of angry passengers mount at least eight large protests at departure...
  • Senate Bill Aimed at Curbing Visa Overstays for Immigrants

    05/19/2013 11:52:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    FOX ^ | April 29, 2013 | By William La Jeunesse
    Published April 29, 2013 WASHINGTON – SNIPPET: "On multiple occasions, first after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and again after 9/11, Congress mandated that immigration officials come up with a verifiable entry-exit system to track foreign visitors. To date, the Department of Homeland Security has failed, despite spending billions in tax dollars. The current system, known as USVISIT, does take fingerprints and photos of international visitors when they arrive at U.S. airports, but it has no similar biometric exit system. The goal is to match entry and exit records to determine which individuals comply with their visa and...
  • Seven Smuggled Forged 'Eye Scan Pass" Seals Into UAE

    05/19/2013 11:24:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies ^ | May 19, 2013 | by Eman Al Baik
    "Seven smuggled forged 'eye scan pass' seals into UAE Seven Uzbeks, including a woman, brought 60 seals through Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports" SNIPPET: "Seven Uzbeks, including a woman, allegedly smuggled 60 forged eye scan seals into the UAE through Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports and used them, the Dubai Criminal Court heard."

 SNIPPET: "We also confiscated in his car some forged stamps. He confessed to getting the stamps from MJA who in turn had got them from MYY,” he testified. 

Searching his two flats in Al Nahda area, police confiscated ten other eye scan pass seals in addition to...
  • Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search

    02/23/2013 6:50:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    Newsmax Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search Friday, February 22, 2013 10:55 AM By: Michael Mullins VIDEO A wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl on her way to Disney World became distraught when she was patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent apparently looking for explosives. The Feb. 9 incident at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was partially captured on a cell phone video. It shows the toddler, Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., crying, "I don’t want to go to Disney World," as a female TSA agent hovers behind her, instructing the girl's mother to put away her...
  • In 2011 Obama threatened to veto any attempt to adopt short-term fixes that would stop his sequester

    02/22/2013 2:06:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    2/22/2013 | laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Hypocrite? He said that any short term fixes that would derail automatic spending cuts on both domestic spending and the military spending would be vetoed by him. Does he not realize that videotape exists of this - at Youtube and all over the net? Does he think that he can say anything and that anything and everything he says somehow has an expiration date?
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • THE BIG STORY: Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants

    12/12/2012 11:08:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/12
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 1.38 kilograms (3 pounds) of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin.
  • Frommers' 10 worst and best airport terminals in the world

    11/09/2012 9:52:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012
    If you've ever been stuck at New York's JFK airport or Newark International Airport you know all to well how depressing and inhospitable some of their terminals are. If caught in weather delays, travelers can easily find themselves sitting on the floor for lack of seats, or tentatively using over-used bathrooms. With that in mind, released to USA Today its choices of the 10 worst and best airport terminals. The travel guide site based its rankings on cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation, and ease of travel to and from a city's center. New York JFK's terminal 3, used for...
  • Passengers could be asked to give drink samples to TSA

    07/05/2012 9:18:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    KJCT ^ | July 5, 2012 | Janelle Ericsson
    Passengers say their problems is not with rules at the airport. They understand why drinks are not allowed through security, but when they buy one while they wait for their flight, they say the TSA shouldn't ask to test it. Passengers say traveling is a big enough stress, but now some are worried the drinks they are getting are not safe.
  • America's worst airports

    05/02/2012 8:19:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | April 17, 2012 | Everett Potter
    Outdated infrastructure, overcrowding, chronic delays, and demoralized staff: That’s what you’ll find in some of America’s worst airports, according to readers of Travel + Leisure. In our first-ever airport survey, we asked readers to rate America’s 22 major airports in seven categories: flight delays; design; amenities; food and drink; check-in and security; service; and transportation and location. The best-scoring airports have tackled these issues head-on, refurbishing terminals and adding amenities that make the worst airports look evermore outdated by comparison.
  • TSA collected $400,000 in spare change left by passengers in airports in 2011

    01/13/2012 5:14:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/12 | Keith Laing
    TSA collected $400,000 in spare change left by passengers in airports in 2011By Keith Laing - 01/12/12 02:59 PM ET Airline passengers left more than $400,000 at airport security checkpoints operated by the Transportation Security Administration in 2011. TSA found $409,085.56 in spare change last year that was unclaimed by passengers, according to figures released by the agency. Historically, if no one comes back to get the leftover money, it stays with the TSA. A Florida lawmaker is trying to change that, however: Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) filed a bill in April of 2009 that would require TSA to transfer...
  • New Law Eases Airport Screening for Troops, Families

    01/04/2012 2:35:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2012 – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law yesterday to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act gives the Transportation Security Administration six months to develop and implement a plan to expedite screening services for service members on orders and in uniform and, “to the extent possible, any accompanying family member.” The act, in part, calls for the agency to establish standard guidelines for the screening of military uniform items, such as combat boots. In a statement...
  • Only Eight Pilots Are Qualified to Land on This ‘Terrifying’ Runway

    12/31/2011 7:27:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 73 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 30, 2011
    Only Eight Pilots Are Qualified to Land on This ‘Terrifying’ Runway There is a small airport in the Himalayan mountains with a 6,500-foot runway and picturesque surroundings. When flying into Paro Airport in Bhutan passengers may be staring in terrified awe of the 18,000-foot mountainous peaks or have their eyes squeezed tightly shut as the pilot weaves through the range. But only eight pilots are qualified to fly into Paro. And up until earlier this year, only one airline serviced the airport. The Daily Mail reports that take off and landing can only take place in daylight hours: The runway...
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore

    12/26/2011 6:24:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/26/11 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
    Reporting from Charlotte, N.C.— Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way. Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter's trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials. When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. "You can...
  • EU bans full-body X-ray scanners due to health concerns

    12/01/2011 8:18:17 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | Nov 16, 2011
    EU bans full-body X-ray scanners due to health concerns Nov 16, 2011 1:30 PM Full-body scanners that use X-ray technology for security screening purposes will be banned at Europe's airports because of radiation risks and concerns, said the European Union (EU) on Monday. The scanners screen airline passengers for hidden explosive devices, hundreds of which were installed at airports across the United States after the failed Christmas Day attack in 2009 by the so-called "underwear bomber." Soon after the new full-body X-ray machines were unveiled, concerns were raised over the possible levels of radiation exposure during airport security checks. Instead...
  • Coming soon: Keeping your shoes on at TSA screening

    09/06/2011 2:16:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Janet Napolitano heard the cries of an anguished nation this week and said that maybe … just maybe .. you might be able to keep your shoes on when going through TSA screening in the near future. Of course, you’ll still have to buy all your drinks on the plane because the liquids ban will be “the last thing to go,” but I suppose it’s better than nothing. Air travelers will eventually be able to keep their shoes on to pass through security, but the restrictions on carrying liquids on board are likely to remain in place for some time,...
  • Reid Announces $7.5 Million for Reno-Tahoe Airport Improvements

    09/01/2011 2:47:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | September 1, 2011 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced two grants totaling $7.5 million to reduce noise and improve safety at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “I’m pleased that Nevadans will be back on the job increasing the safety of travelers and improving the quality of life for Nevadans as a result of these grants,” Reid said. “These upgrades will ensure the airport can support the many visitors who contribute to our economy by spending money in Northern Nevada."The two Department of Transportation grants consist of a $4.6 million grant that will allow for measures mitigating noise pollution for nearby residents...
  • Gov't pays for empty flights to rural airports

    08/11/2011 9:33:55 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it. Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107. Ely is one of 153 rural communities where airlines get subsidies through the $200 million Essential...
  • Airport accidentally issues security badge to a dog; TSA faulted for lack of oversight in badges

    08/05/2011 3:38:29 PM PDT · by ccj85 · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/4/11 | CJ Ciaramella
    It doesn’t take much to get an airport security badge these days, even if you are a dog. In an examination of a database of more than 1.1 million security badges for roughly 900,000 airport workers at 359 US airports, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found omissions or inaccuracies in 96,000 records, such as missing security status, birthdates and birthplaces. In one instance, a security badge was issued to a dog. The badges are issued to airport workers and give clearance to secure areas. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and a security threat assessment from the...
  • FAA deadline looms

    07/21/2011 4:18:17 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 1 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 07/21/11 | LAURA HAUTALA
    A House version of the bill includes labor provisions that remove union powers, and removes funding for some rural airports in states led by Democratic senators like Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.). Rockefeller said last week the Senate will not pass the House bill.
  • 124 Refused Entrance to Israel, Jailed

    07/09/2011 10:04:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/7/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Hundreds of anti-Israel activists arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport on Friday as part of a “fly in flotilla.” Border officials refused to grant 124 of them entrance, and they were brought to Givon and Ela prisons to await deportation. Those refused entrance – citizens of Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, and the United States – were on a list sent out to airports in advance of the planned fly-in. Another 200 of those whose names were on the list were prevented from boarding planes to Israel. Many others successfully entered Israel. From there, some continued to a Palestinian Authority-controlled...
  • Texas TSA pat down ban may be back

    06/03/2011 6:57:29 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/2/11 | Keith Laing
    Texas lawmakers may reconsider a bill to outlaw controversial airport pat-downs, the sponsor of legislation that was shelved recently said this week. Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R) said that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked Gov. Rick Perry to include the measure in a special session of the Texas legislature. Dewhurst reported asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill when federal officials threatened to cancel flights to Texas if it passed. But he has since had a change of heart, Simpson told fans on his Facebook page. "The Lt. Gov. sent a letter to Gov. Perry asking him to include...
  • Bart Stupak ‘accosted’ in airports one year after healthcare reform

    03/24/2011 11:11:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/24/11 | Madeleine Joelson
    One year later, former Congressman Bart Stupak is still feeling the effects of the critical role he played in healthcare reform. In an interview with ‘The Atlantic,’ Stupak said he still gets “accosted” by angry citizens. Stupak, a pro-life Democrat from Michigan who led early opposition to the Healthcare Reform Bill based on its abortion language, eventually reached a compromise with the White House that garnered pro-life support and led to the bill’s passage. “Someone will come out and just bitch me out,” said Stupak, who received a death threat the day after Obama signed the bill into law. “It’s...
  • How your lawmakers voted (Money appropriated for "Bridge to Nowhere")

    03/04/2011 11:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2011 | The Chicago Sun-Times
    In the week of March 7, the House will take up bills addressing the U.S. housing crisis, while the Senate will resume debate on reforming U.S. procedures for awarding patents. HOUSE HIGHWAY, MASS-TRANSIT PROJECTS: Voting 421-4, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 662) to provide billions of dollars in funding for road and bridge construction, mass transit, and highway safety from March 4 through Sept. 30. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Judy Biggert: Yes Randy Hultgren: Yes “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE”: Voting 181-246, the House defeated a Democratic bid to strip HR 662 (above) of funds...
  • Make me wanna holla and feel-up with both of my hands

    02/16/2011 5:09:58 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 8 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 2/16/11 | Alaphiah
    Well this is living! Marvin Gaye who sung about intercity Blues had no idea that we’d all be receiving sexual healing inside our near-the-city airports. Who among us wakes up every morning and after the morning rituals of hygiene and breakfast bolts out of the door to work where hundreds of women are lined up before you? And your job is either to scan anatomically correct female images all day or to glide your lecherous fingers up and down the nether and frontal regions of the female body? Not your job description? Well one might think it is the job...
  • Icelandic Volcano Appears on Verge of a Far More Powerful Eruption than Last Year

    02/10/2011 7:35:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 10, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Bárdarbunga dwarves the Eyjafjallajökull volcano,  which shut-down most of Europe's airspace in May 2010 Local experts have observed all the signs that another -much larger- Icelandic volcano is ready to blow, an event that could dwarf last year's series of eruptions that shut down air travel throughout Europe and changed weather patterns for months... Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano.  Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides...
  • Springfield, MO Airport Wants to Opt Out of TSA

    01/27/2011 3:47:48 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies ^ | January 26 2011 | Jennifer Denman
    Springfield, MO Airport Wants to Opt Out of TSA Reported by: Jennifer Denman Wednesday, January 26 2011 watch video (Springfield, MO) -- Flying these days comes with a lot more than just getting to your destination. There are security and bag fees, but what about customer service? The Springfield-Branson National Airport wants to improve just that by getting rid of the TSA. The airport wants to opt out of TSA security and go to a private company. This could affect jobs and those working for TSA, but the airport says it wants to refocus on customers and making flying more...
  • TSA Status (Grassroots Web Site Provides Info on dozens of airports!)

    01/02/2011 6:45:03 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 16 replies
    TSA ^ | various
    What's the status of the TSA's new body scanners? They're not at every airport and they're not always in use. If you want to avoid the backscatter-radiation security theater or simply don't want your junk touched, use this list, and let us know any updates or additions. If you have time to kill at an airport, feel free to wander around and check out different checkpoints, and make sure to catch the status on your way out, too.
  • Can of Hairspray Styles Bomb Scare at Miami Airport

    12/28/2010 12:02:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Dec 28, 2010 | FIORELLA ALVAREZ and TODD WRIGHT
    Hairspray, not a bomb, explodes on a plane at Miami International AirportHair 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 unloaded from 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 unloading bags from an American Airlines flight arriving from Boston and a bag exploded, sending pieces of metal flying. One of the splinters got lodged...
  • TSA: Disabled Woman Thrown to Floor, Arrested for Refusing Breast Pat Down Search

    12/25/2010 8:01:40 AM PST · by FS11 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12-24-10
    An Austin Texas Rape victim was handcuffed and drug from the Airport for refusing to be sexually assaulted by TSA.