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    12/09/2004 6:55:41 AM PST · by STARWISE · 317 replies · 5,358+ views
    FOX NEWS ON TV | 12-9-04
    Oh my God ... how .. how could this be?
  • U.S. deports airline passenger on no-fly list

    11/26/2004 12:55:55 PM PST · by demlosers · 14 replies · 948+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 Nov 2004 | Audrey Hudson
    Federal officials yesterday deported a Moroccan man on the no-fly list who was taken into custody Saturday after his Washington-bound flight was diverted for security reasons. The passenger carried an expired Portuguese passport, a revoked U.S. work visa, and was aboard Air France Flight 026 to Washington Dulles International Airport — the same flight grounded four times because of a terrorist threat in February. Neither his name nor that of his flying companion, who left the country voluntarily, were released. Homeland Security officials did not name them when asked. CNN identified the passengers as Ahmed Lhacti, 47, and Mohammad Oukassou,...
  • 10 airport employees indicted on federal drug charges (switching luggage)

    09/05/2004 9:54:42 AM PDT · by WASH · 4 replies · 439+ views
    ExcerptST. THOMAS - Ten employees at King Airport - ... - have been indicted on federal charges that they were part of a drug ring that distributed millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin to Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. ...the conspirators would bring suitcases containing cocaine and heroin to the airport. After legitimate luggage containing no questionable items made it through Customs and X-raying, the conspirators sometimes removed the computer-generated routing tags from the bags and placed them on the suitcases containing drugs.
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Workers (TSA) Accused Of Stealing From Passengers

    06/29/2004 8:59:48 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 8 replies · 409+ views
    WSVN ^ | WSVN
    FORT LAUDERDALE – Four employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were arrested for taking items from passenger’s bags. The men arrested were Aldo Santa-Cruz, Harford Howell, Tito Santos-Flores and Carlos Cruz. "It’s terrible. It’s very hard to understand why people do this, but people do terrible things," said passenger Judith Howard. Investigators say the workers stole jewelry, laptops and even cash. Some of the employees even sold the goods and stashed them in backpacks. Investigators say the thefts went on for about a year and a half and one of the victims was actress Shirley Maclaine. According to the criminal...
  • Airline says security officers approved faked ID for passenger

    02/22/2004 9:03:57 AM PST · by Cultural Jihad · 13 replies · 473+ views
    The Maui News ^ | February 20, 2004 | HARRY EAGAR
    Airline says security officers approved faked ID for passenger By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer KAHULUI - A screaming, cursing passenger without identification got help from Kahului Airport security officers to board a Pacific Wings flight last Friday. Pacific Wings security coordinator (and chief pilot) Robert McKinney says his staff felt "pressured" by a Wackenhut officer who identified himself as a Maui police officer and by an official of the Transportation Security Administration to accept a "manufactured" police report and pass the woman through security. McKinney says he knows his staff has the final say on who boards and who doesn't,...
  • Weapons in luggage will now bring hefty fines

    02/20/2004 8:20:03 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 52 replies · 364+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 2/19/04 | Laura Parker
    <p>WASHINGTON — When Mojdeh Rohani flew home to Boston after her wedding last fall, security screeners at Baltimore-Washington International Airport found a silver-plated cake serving set in her carry-on bag. She had forgotten that she had the utensils, which were a wedding gift.</p>
  • Intruder Managed to Slip Past Security, Board LAX Jet

    02/06/2004 1:26:02 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 6 replies · 200+ views
    LA Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2004 | Jennifer Oldham and Richard Winton
    Airport cameras captured it all: On a busy morning at Los Angeles International Airport last month, a convicted felon wearing a sweatshirt, sunglasses and gloves strolled unnoticed past two security checkpoints in Terminal 5 and walked onto a jumbo jet without a ticket. Kareem Thomas, a 19-year-old Decatur, Ga., resident on probation for burglary, was discovered hiding in an airplane restroom by passengers and was apprehended by police before takeoff. Thomas was unarmed and passed through the airport's metal detectors along with other travelers. But the ease with which he boarded the Jan. 15 Delta Airlines Flight 1972 to Atlanta...

    01/28/2004 2:18:52 AM PST · by Main Street · 40 replies · 957+ views ^ | January 28, 2004 | By Steven Bernstein
    On November 19, 2002, the Homeland Security Act, H.R. 5005, was enacted into law, authorizing the training and certification of commercial airline pilots in the use of firearms, to protect the cockpit against hijackers. The Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) training program, administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), graduated the first weekly class of 48 volunteer pilots in April 2003. However, the second weekly class of 48 didn't graduate until July 2003, and as of January 2004, more than two years after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, only "500 to 800" out of more than 100,000 commercial...
  • Bunning and Wilson Set to Knock Down Hurdles to Arming Pilots

    01/23/2004 6:21:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 256+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | January 23, 2004 | NA
    Bunning and Wilson Set to Knock Down Hurdles to Arming Pilots Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 (703)321-8585 Friday, January 23, 2004 For two years in a row, Congress has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow armed pilots to use firearms to protect their crews and passengers -- and innocent victims on the ground. Tragically, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) -- which has no problem scrambling fighters to shoot down passenger airplanes -- continues to drag its feet at the common-sense notion that American citizens should be allowed to defend themselves, rather than being shot...
  • El Al Flight Diverted Due to “Security Alert”

    10/23/2003 10:46:38 AM PDT · by Alouette · 30 replies · 503+ views
    ( El Al flight 105 to (Toronto - Los Angeles) has been diverted from Toronto to Montreal by the control tower due to a “security alert” according to the El Al spokesman. There are no details. The plane landed in Montreal without incident and is now refueling to continue. The 767 jumbo was carrying 180 passengers when ordered to divert. El Al is making arrangements for the 44 Toronto passengers to reach their destination. In addition, 45 passengers in Toronto will be brought to the plane to continue with the flight.
  • TSA's sinking ship of fools

    10/22/2003 11:30:44 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 20 replies · 283+ views ^ | Thursday, October 23, 2003 | Jane Chastain
    The Transportation Security Administration and the FBI pulled out all the stops last week to capture a 20-year-old college student who breached airport security and hid forbidden items aboard two Southwest Airlines aircraft. This would have been comical if the ramifications weren't so serious. It was a repairman in New Orleans, working on a clogged airplane lavatory – not one of the 180,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security – who discovered the bags containing box cutters, bleach, matches and clay molded to simulate plastic explosives. Some five weeks earlier, these items had been hidden behind a panel near...
  • Flight (Delta 976) Evacuated for Security Reasons (Bound for ATL; stopped at GSO)

    10/20/2003 7:09:22 PM PDT · by mhking · 65 replies · 419+ views
    A Delta Air Lines flight scheduled to arrive in Atlanta Monday night has been stopped in Greensboro, North Carolina for security reasons, airline officials said. Flight 976 is currently being evacuated, according to a passenger on the flight who spoke to 11Alive News via a cell phone. Passengers are being taken off the plane in groups of 20 and being searched, the passenger said. The luggage is also reportedly being searched. It is unclear what prompted the evacuation.

    10/19/2003 6:58:05 AM PDT · by kattracks · 62 replies · 417+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/19/03 | NILES LATHEM and CHRIS MICHAUD
    <p>October 19, 2003 -- An honors-winning college student admitted yesterday he was the one who left packages with boxcutters, bleach and other threatening items on passenger jets in a misguided attempt to call attention to what he saw as lapses in the nation's airline security system. Nathaniel Heatwole, a political science and physics major at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., said he stashed the bags on two Southwest Airlines jets on which he flew as far back as September, according to a federal law-enforcement source. He even went so far as to send e-mails warning of his plan, according to authorities.</p>
  • FBI Questions Man On Box Cutters In Planes

    10/17/2003 3:51:08 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 508+ views
    AP ^ | 10-17-2003 | Curt Anderson
    FBI Questions Man on Box Cutters in Planes By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The government on Friday ordered intensified security checks of the entire U.S. commercial air fleet after small plastic bags containing box cutters and other suspicious items were found on two Southwest Airlines planes. A 20-year-old North Carolina man was being questioned by the FBI in connection with the incidents, according to a congressional official and a senior law enforcement official, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The congressional official said the man, described as a college student, had informed the Transportation Security...
  • TSA Laptop Stolen in Philadelphia (Contains Sensitive Info. on Nation's 429 Airports)

    10/15/2003 8:09:23 AM PDT · by all4one · 46 replies · 2,639+ views
    WPVI Action News - Philadelphia ^ | 10/14/03 | WPVI Action News - Philadelphia
    Stolen Computer Search October 14, 2003 — The search goes on for a stolen laptop computer, a computer that contains sensitive information about security at all the commercial airports in the U.S. It happened during an airport security training seminar at the Embassy Suites near Philadelphia International. Police and the FBI have not located that computer nor have they made any arrests. I am told it contains sensitive information about security at the nation's 429 airports. A source tells Action News they do not believe this was the job of a professional who knew what was on the computer, but...
  • Troopers seize pot, alcohol at airport

    10/06/2003 4:09:47 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 526+ views ^ | 10.05.03 | Daily News staff reports
    <p>Alaska State Troopers seized dozens of bottles of alcohol and thousands of grams of marijuana in September that were bound for Western Alaska, officials said Friday.</p> <p>Troopers with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport seized 95 750-milliliter bottles and one 375-milliliter bottle of alcohol, troopers said in a press release. They also seized 2,371 grams, about 5.2 pounds, of marijuana.</p>
  • FAA Considers Video Cameras Inside Planes

    10/03/2003 2:43:13 PM PDT · by GeneD · 17 replies · 400+ views
    AP via | 10/03/2003
    Filed at 5:19 p.m. ET NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The federal government is looking into putting video cameras on commercial flights so people on the ground could monitor pilots and passengers and get an early warning of hijackings or other trouble on board. The Boeing Co. demonstrated a satellite system to Federal Aviation Administration officials in two test flights early this year, showing how images could be sent from a plane to the ground, said John Loynes, an FAA program manager in Washington. A Boeing 737, equipped with seven cameras, transmitted images of the cockpit and cabin. Pilots have fiercely...
  • Mystery of the missing 727

    09/29/2003 7:47:53 PM PDT · by JustPiper · 42 replies · 771+ views
    WND ^ | 9-29-03 | N/A
    Was it stolen for parts or to make a flying bomb? How could a Boeing 727 just disappear without a trace? You might think in this age of satellite surveillance and sophisticated air-traffic controls, it would be near impossible for a jetliner to be stolen, flown away and not seen again for more than four months. Yet, that's just what has happened in a daring feat that has governments around the world fearing the jetliner may be in the hands of terrorists, just awaiting its final suicide mission. The story began May 25, when two men climbed aboard an idle...
  • A Plane Stolen in Maine Falls on Montérégie Plain(flown across border without clearance)

    09/28/2003 4:47:09 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 51 replies · 838+ views ^ | Sunday » September 28 » 2003 | ANGUS LOTEN/ AP
    'I don't know who taught him to fly, but they didn't tell him to check the gas'. A 25-year-old man is facing several charges after his plane, reported stolen from an airfield in Maine, crashed into a Montérégie field yesterday morning. The man, a Livingston, Me., resident, suffered only minor injuries in the accident. He had been flying a Cessna without a pilot's licence or flight training, said Constable Manon Gaignard of the Sûreté du Québec. For unknown reasons, the man left a private airport, near Turner, Me., about 6:30 a.m., running out of gas three hours later above St....
  • AAl Qaeda plot to blow up El Al, Israel Airlines, In Bangok, Thailand, Foiled.

    09/23/2003 10:06:07 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 56 replies · 737+ views
    This just breaking on Channel Two, Israel. Authorities in Thailand have foiled an Al Qaeda plot to blow up an El Al ISrael Airlines in the Capital, Bangkok.
  • Arab 'tried to open jet door at 30,000ft'

    09/19/2003 7:37:48 PM PDT · by aculeus · 83 replies · 690+ views
    Electronic Telegraph ^ | 20/09/2003 | Chris Boffey
    An Arab who allegedly tried to open the door of an Airbus A321 carrying 105 passengers and crew as it flew at 30,000ft over the North Sea has been charged with endangering an aircraft. Brahim Sbaoui, 33, was held by cabin crew after the pilot alerted them to alleged tampering with a rear door. Sbaoui was a passenger on the Airbus on a flight from Heathrow to Norway. Fearing for the safety of his passengers the Scandinavian Airlines captain immediately diverted back to Heathrow for an emergency landing. Sbaoui was taken off the aircraft and arrested. After being interviewed by...
  • The cargo stowaway is a liar, too. We must do something about air cargo to secure it.

    09/14/2003 2:08:24 PM PDT · by blakeb52 · 18 replies · 462+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 | Dave Levinthal
    HEADLINE: Stowaway: 'This was my own plan'; Crate rider's statement to FBI contradicts his story to police, media SOURCE: Dallas Morning News BYLINE: DAVE LEVINTHAL BODY: The man who shipped himself from New York City to Dallas inside an air cargo crate repeatedly lied to police and media outlets about his bizarre journey during which he eluded security at five airports, according to documents obtained Friday. Charles D. McKinley originally told DeSoto police and media that he first flew Sept. 5 to Kentucky aboard a passenger airline and was duped by an accomplice into sealing himself in a crate. He...
  • Air Force One safe after aborted landing

    09/09/2003 9:33:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 374+ views
    <p>JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Bush's plane aborted its initial landing attempt here when a car in his awaiting motorcade crossed the runway, but landed safely on its second attempt.</p> <p>The lead car of the president's motorcade crossed the tarmac to get in place before Bush's arrival on Air Force One at Jacksonville Naval Air Station around 11:30 a.m., EDT White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. Air traffic controllers, however, were not aware that the car would be on the runway, he said.</p>
  • Anti Air Missile Fired Wednesday Night at Rumsfeld's US Military Plane over Baghdad Airport (debka)

    09/04/2003 7:24:45 AM PDT · by meg70 · 29 replies · 445+ views
    Debka File Security Newsletter ^ | Sept. 4, 2003 4:44PM | Gioria Shamis- Retired Economist Magazine Reporter
    Exclusive Military Sources reveal anti air missile was fired Wednesday night at United State military plane over Baghdad International Airport. Attack launched when Rumsfeld was en route to Iraq. Plane was bound to land at this airport.Rumsfeld arrives Thursday in Baghdad. On unannounced trip to Iraq, Gulf and Afghanistan, he calls for 10,000 more troops for Iraq to be provided by other nations other than the United States and Iraiqs themselves of whom 50,000 are already in place.Secretary of State Powell begins drafting United Nations Security Council motion to mandate international force for Iraq under United States Command.
  • Airports Favor Private-Sector Screeners

    05/30/2003 12:13:04 PM PDT · by jimkress · 17 replies · 327+ views
    Washington (com)Post ^ | May 30, 2003 | Sara Kehaulani Goo
    Just months after the federal government took over screening at security checkpoints, airports across the country are starting to show interest in returning to an airport security system handled by the private sector. With Memorial Day kicking off what the airline industry hopes will be a small but noticeable uptick in passenger travel, airports are worried that the Transportation Security Administration's planned workforce reduction this summer will result in long security lines. Adding to the concern over potentially slow checkpoints is that the agency recently told airports it could not meet its goal of getting passengers through security in 10...
  • U.S. to cut number of airport screeners

    05/01/2003 10:27:54 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 5 replies · 354+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | may 1, 2003
    <p>Nearly 100 of the full-time baggage and passenger screeners at Mineta San Jose International Airport, the uniformed officials often seen as being on the front lines of aviation security, will disappear as the federal government seeks to cut 6,000 positions across the country by the end of September.</p>
  • U.S. buys information about Latin Americans

    04/14/2003 12:12:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2003 | JIM KRANE
    Over the past 18 months, the U.S. government has bought access to data on hundreds of millions of residents of 10 Latin American countries -- apparently without their consent or knowledge -- allowing myriad federal agencies to track foreigners entering and living in the United States. A suburban Atlanta company, ChoicePoint Inc., collects the information abroad and sells it to U.S. government officials in three dozen agencies, including immigration investigators who've used it to arrest illegal immigrants. The practice broadens a trend that has an information-hungry U.S. government increasingly buying personal data on Americans and foreigners alike from commercial vendors...
  • Who pays now when bags rifled at airport?

    04/01/2003 10:27:12 AM PST · by Henrietta · 75 replies · 692+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 30, 2003 | Susan Gilmore
    When Diane Dinkmeyer, a regional sales manager for a cosmetics company, flew from Seattle to Spokane on United Airlines on March 12, she left her four suitcases for curbside check-in at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Inside her bags were a video projector, cosmetics and expensive items she uses in her presentations to customers. But when she got to Spokane, three of her four suitcases — all sealed with plastic Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ties indicating they had been checked by the government inspectors — were empty but for her clothes and some paperwork.
  • Missile Threat Means New Rules at Airports

    03/30/2003 4:28:34 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 25 replies · 390+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2003 | PHILIP SHENON
    WASHINGTON, March 28 — Federal authorities will order major security improvements at several of the nation's largest airports after inspections showed that passenger planes taking off or landing at those airports would be vulnerable to attack by terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles, senior Bush administration officials said. The inspections, which began several weeks ago, are being conducted by a federal task force created by the White House late last year after terrorists linked to Al Qaeda tried to shoot down an Israeli passenger plane on takeoff from an airport in Kenya in November. The two small, shoulder-fired missiles barely missed the...
  • FAA issues Disneyworld flight restrictions

    03/18/2003 8:07:46 PM PST · by Orbiter · 20 replies · 426+ views
    AOPA via the Internet
    ----------------------------------------------------------------- AOPA ePilot Special Airspace Bulletin March 18, 2003 ----------------------------------------------------------------- A special notice to AOPA members in Florida ==> ATTENTION PILOTS <== FAA ISSUES FLIGHT RESTRICTION NOTAM OVER DISNEY WORLD AOPA is sending you this message to advise you that the FAA has established a 3-nautical-mile flight restriction around the Disney World theme park. Aircraft are now prohibited below 3,000 feet agl within the restriction area. Because of elevated concerns for terrorist activities, the restriction is effective until further notice. The full text of the notam follows. 3/2122 FL. FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ORLANDO, FL. EFFECTIVE 0303182000 UTC (MARCH 18 AT 1500...
  • Traveler screening won't invade privacy [BS Alert!]

    03/15/2003 12:15:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Reuters via CNN ^ | 3/15/03 | Reuters
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) --The head of a controversial airline passenger-screening program sought to ease concerns that the government would scrutinize travelers' financial and criminal records before letting them board.</p> <p>While the Transportation Security Administration will hire private data aggregators to confirm travelers' identities and screen out possible hijackers, the agency will not view credit records, traffic violations or other personal data, Admiral James Loy said.</p>
  • Suitcase surprise: (TSA)Rebuke written on inspection notice

    03/15/2003 11:45:16 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 13 replies · 351+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 15, 2003 | Seattle Times staff reporter
    Seth Goldberg says that when he opened his suitcase in San Diego after a flight from Seattle this month, the two "No Iraq War" signs he'd picked up at the Pike Place Market were still nestled among his clothes. But there was a third sign, he said, that shocked him. Tucked in his luggage was a card from the Transportation Security Administration notifying him that his bags had been opened and inspected at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Handwritten on the side of the card was a note, "Don't appreciate your anti-American attitude!" "I found it chilling and a little Orwellian to...
  • More Than 4.8 Million Items Seized by Federal Airport Screeners

    03/10/2003 5:52:52 PM PST · by Cagey · 11 replies · 222+ views
    AP ^ | 3-10-2003 | Leslie Miller
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Airport screeners have seized more than 4.8 million items - including guns, knives, a kitchen sink pipe and a circular saw - in the 13 months the federal government has been in charge of security. The Transportation Security Administration on Monday gave its most thorough accounting of seizures at the nation's 429 commercial airports. At the same time, the Justice Department released an audit that said foreign terrorists and known criminals could still slip past U.S. immigration officials at major airports because of gaps in a system aimed at singling them out. The audit by Justice Inspector...
  • Few Convictions in Airport Security Cases

    03/07/2003 7:41:51 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 1 replies · 326+ views
    new york times ^ | 3.7.03 | WILLIAM GLABERSON
    On Nov. 19, law enforcement officials summoned reporters to a news conference to announce the arrests of scores of workers at New York airports as part of a national security crackdown. They gave chilling examples of restaurant workers, mechanics and other employees gaining access to secure areas of airports by lying about their criminal past. These individuals represent a significant vulnerability to the security of our air transportation system," Roslynn R. Mauskopf, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, said at the time. In 15 cases in Brooklyn federal court, defendants have pleaded guilty, and more than 30 others are working...
  • Unarmed Cargo Pilots Create 'Blueprint for Terrorists'

    03/05/2003 2:48:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 548+ views ^ | 3/05/03 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - Members of the House and Senate introduced legislation Tuesday to again include commercial cargo pilots among the ranks of those eligible to participate in the federal armed pilots program. Supporters called the loophole that excluded cargo pilots from the plan a "gaping hole in national security." Both houses of Congress included cargo pilots in their legislative mandate to create a "Federal Flight Deck Officer" [armed pilots] program. But when the Homeland Security Act - in which the provision was included - went to a House-Senate conference committee for reconciliation, the word "passenger" was inserted in front...
  • Combat training for flight staff

    03/02/2003 7:27:52 AM PST · by Megalomaniac · 1 replies · 279+ views ^ | March 02, 2003 | By Clare Masters
    Combat training for flight staff By Clare Masters March 02, 2003 FLIGHT attendants are receiving military-style training as part of a program to improve security and passenger safety on planes. In the wake of September 11 and the Bali bombings, Virgin Blue has replaced its two-hour security lessons for flight attendants with a three-day program modelled on an army boot camp. The program teaches flight attendants martial arts, equipping them with the skills to defend themselves and disable an attacker using techniques such as pressure points. The Virgin Blue program was designed by former FBI instructor James DeMile, who used...
  • Lockheed-Martin chosen to develop system to check air passenger backgrounds

    03/01/2003 9:48:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 436+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 3/1/03 | AP - Washington
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense contractor Lockheed-Martin will develop a new system to check background information and assign a threat level to all commercial air passengers, the Transportation Department announced.</p> <p>The company, which employed Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta in the mid-1990s, was awarded a five-year contract to administer the program. The first phase of the contract is worth $12.8 million, transportation officials said.</p>

    02/28/2003 5:34:18 PM PST · by Marianne · 148 replies · 865+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | February 28, 2003 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The government is getting ready to test a new risk-detection system that would check background information and assign a threat level to everyone who buys a ticket for a commercial airline flight. The system, ordered by Congress after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will gather much more information on passengers than at present. Delta Air Lines will try it out at three airports beginning next month, and a comprehensive system could be in place by the end of the year. Transportation officials say a contractor will be chosen soon to build the nationwide computer system, which...
  • Delta to Test New Airport Security Plan (snooping in banking and credit reports!)

    02/28/2003 7:15:15 AM PST · by Atlas Sneezed · 21 replies · 382+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 2-28-2003 | LESLIE MILLER
    WASHINGTON - Delta Air Lines will begin testing a new government plan for air security next month that will check background information and assign a threat level to everyone who buys a ticket for a commercial flight. The system, ordered by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks, will gather much more information on passengers than has been done previously. Delta will try it out at three undisclosed airports, and a comprehensive system could be in place by the end of the year. Transportation officials say a contractor will be picked soon to build the nationwide computer system, which will check...
  • Pilots' Alliance 'Shocked Beyond Belief' by TSA Disclosure

    02/25/2003 3:39:35 AM PST · by kattracks · 46 replies · 449+ views ^ | 2/25/03 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - Airline pilots supporting the law that allows them to carry guns to defend against potential terrorist hijackings said Monday they are "shocked beyond belief" that federal aviation security officials have publicly revealed weaknesses in the Bush administration's plan to implement the law. As previously reported, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acknowledged Friday that pilots who participate in the program will only be allowed ready access to their guns when they are inside the cockpit with the door locked. "The jurisdiction of use of the weapon is in the cockpit and the...
  • Mideast men with 'razors' yanked off American jet

    02/12/2003 7:16:29 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 34 replies · 374+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 12, 2003 | Paul Sperry
    Mideast men with 'razors' yanked off American jet 9/11-like scare rattles crew on flight bound for Los Angeles from Dulles WASHINGTON – In a Sept. 11 flashback, two Middle Eastern men were removed from an American Airlines flight here to Los Angeles after "razors" and thousands of dollars in cash were found in one of their carry-on bags, the airline confirmed today. The incident occurred Saturday at Washington Dulles International Airport, from where Middle Eastern men with box cutters in 2001 hijacked an American flight to Los Angeles, took control of the plane and slammed it into the Pentagon. The...
  • FAA aviation-aversion therapy: how federal gov't is curing Walter Williams of his need to fly

    02/12/2003 2:30:18 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 504+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2003 | Walter Williams
    Aversion therapy is sometimes used when there are associated behavior patterns that are pleasant but might be regarded by a third party as undesirable. For example, alcoholics love consuming large amounts of alcohol. Aversion therapy involves associating alcohol consumption with a very unpleasant stimulus. One method is to require the alcoholic to take a sip of whiskey having first taken a nausea-inducing drug. Sipping the whiskey is followed immediately by violent vomiting. In future, just the smell of alcohol produces the unpleasant memory of vomiting – and hopefully the patient will stop drinking. Aversion therapy is used in the treatment...
  • Armed Pilots: TSA 'Dragging its Feet' Implementing Law

    01/31/2003 10:01:16 AM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 329+ views ^ | 1/31/03 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - The coalition that orchestrated two legislative victories to ensure that commercial airline pilots may carry handguns to defend their cockpits said Thursday that the federal agency charged with implementing the law is still resisting its orders from Congress. "We've been involved in meetings for the last several weeks and, specifically, the last two days with TSA [the Transportation Security Administration] and there is, we fear, some foot-dragging that's going on," Capt. Tracy Price, chairman of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance, told attendees at the 2003 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday. "We think that they are attempting...
  • Judge to Hear Air ID Challenge

    01/19/2003 3:26:32 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 703+ views
    wired news ^ | 1/18/03 | Julia Scheeres
    <p>John Gilmore, the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has sued United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging that the ID requirement stems from a "secret law" that violates his right to anonymous travel within the United States.</p>
  • Are 'Politically Correct' Rules Threat To Airport Security?

    01/14/2003 5:34:32 PM PST · by sixmil · 5 replies · 412+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Wednesday, January 15, 2003 | BY BRIAN MITCHELL
    Cab fare to the airport: $17. Air fare from Portland, Ore., to Las Vegas: $175. Legal costs when gate guards bring your pregnant wife to tears making sure her breasts aren't bombs: priceless. So you plead nolo contendere. Nick Monahan did, rather than waste more time and money flying back to Portland to defend himself for defending his wife. Monahan's tale reveals the hidden costs of air travel in America today. They are costs paid by thousands of innocent Americans who dare to fly. They are costs paid also by the ailing air-travel industry, when thousands of Americans decide they'd...
  • It's a tough choice: root canal or torture of flying?

    01/05/2003 1:29:50 PM PST · by Jean S · 19 replies · 402+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 1/5/03 | Jim Boren
    <p>As we watch the latest airline security measure being added at the nation's airports, you expect that officials of the newly formed Transportation Security Administration will rip off their masks and say, "Surprise. We're really working for Amtrak and Greyhound."</p>
  • Residents: Airliner Flew Close to Condo(747 misses 41 story Condo by 30 feet!)

    01/04/2003 11:36:07 PM PST · by Rome2000 · 99 replies · 621+ views
    Herald tribune ^ | 1-5-02 | AP
    Residents: Airliner Flew Close to Condo The Associated Press Residents of a high-rise told federal authorities a China Airlines jumbo jet flew dangerously close to the side of their 41-story building. Ana Marie Vaisanen said she could see passengers inside the Boeing 747 as it swept past her 12th-floor condominium at Century Center Saturday morning. "This roar became louder and louder and louder ... and I look out and there is a 747," Vaisanen said. Some residents told television station KITV the plane came within 30 feet of the building and that one of its wings passed over the fourth-floor...
  • By Midnight, All Will Be Set for Screening Checked Bags

    12/30/2002 10:40:24 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 245+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/30/02 | CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS
    ASHINGTON, Dec. 30 — By midnight Tuesday, all bags checked onto passenger planes will be screened for explosives, the vast majority by electronic machines, with trained dogs and hand searches used temporarily at a few airports, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said today.With that, said Adm. James M. Loy, who as under secretary of transportation for security is in charge of the fledgling agency, the agency will have met the last major deadline imposed by Congress to improve airport security after the Sept. 11 attacks."This is a tremendous success, a credit to our screeners, to the airports...
  • Intelligence Official Will Lead TSA Profiling Effort

    12/24/2002 11:31:00 AM PST · by MineralMan · 24 replies · 424+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2002 | By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
    The federal Transportation Security Administration has hired an intelligence official with database expertise to oversee development of the agency's computer profiling system, a proposed network of supercomputers intended to instantly assess every passenger's background for potential ties to terrorism, officials close to the project said yesterday. Ben H. Bell III, who recently served as deputy director of a technology-oriented terrorism task force at the Justice Department, is expected to work out technical and policy kinks that have delayed what some officials regard as the most ambitious domestic data-surveillance system ever begun by the federal government.