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  • 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...