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  • Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012

    05/14/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT · by oxcart · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/14/13 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
    NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year - the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. Passengers shouldn't expect a break anytime soon. Those fees - along with extra charges for boarding early or picking prime seats - have helped return the industry to profitability. Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for...
  • Exclusive: The Stunning JFK Airport Baggage Scandal; 200 Thefts Per Day

    03/28/2012 6:10:06 AM PDT · by libstripper · 36 replies
    CBS New York ^ | March 26, 2012 | CBS New York staff
    Think twice before you check your luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables are being stolen from passengers’ baggage at a staggering rate. It’s happening as a result of inside jobs that aren’t being stopped, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports exclusively
  • The Stunning JFK Airport Baggage Scandal; 200 Thefts Per Day

    03/27/2012 6:15:44 PM PDT · by grundle · 65 replies
    CBS New York ^ | March 26, 2012
    Baggage Handlers, Jetway Workers, Security All In On Ongoing ScamNEW YORK (CBS 2) — Think twice before you check your luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables are being stolen from passengers’ baggage at a staggering rate. It’s happening as a result of inside jobs that aren’t being stopped, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports exclusively. All Rita Lamberg has left is an empty jewelry drawer and pictures of the $160,000 worth of watches, rings and necklaces that were stolen from her baggage at JFK Airport.“I am so sick. This is a lifetime, a lifetime...
  • The Iowa results: Santorum's baggage

    01/05/2012 6:40:43 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 64 replies
    Tribune Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 5 January 2012 | Tribune Editorial
    Just how unserious are Republicans about defeating Barack Obama in November? So unserious that, in Iowa, at least, they came painfully close on Tuesday night to making Rick Santorum their putative standard-bearer. Mr. Santorum, the former congressman and senator of Pennsylvania, came within eight votes of defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It was the closest finish in the history of the Hawkeye State caucuses. Santorum bills himself as the conservative alternative to Mr. Romney. But saying you're a conservative doesn't mean you are one. (Think John McCain.) Oh, indeed, the Virginian (ne Pennsylvanian) has the corner on the theological...
  • What About Newt?

    11/16/2011 7:44:16 AM PST · by UltraConservative · 21 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 11-16-11 | Ben Shapiro
    With all the chaos surrounding the Republican nomination race, one thing is very clear: somewhere along the way, Mitt Romney made a Damn Yankees-like pact with Satan to score this group of individuals to run against. It is certain that a vast majority of Republican primary voters do not like Mitt Romney. In fact, we can go further – they can’t stand him. That’s why he’s never broken 30 percent in any national poll of Republican primary voters. That’s why Tea Party support has shuffled from Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Herman Cain. Sadly, though, none of those candidates...
  • TSA: Worker Who Wrote ‘Freak On’ Note No Longer Checking Baggage

    10/26/2011 6:31:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | 10/26/11
    NEW YORK - A Transportation Security Administration employee responsible for a passenger’s ‘freak’ out earlier this week is no longer checking luggage, according to the agency. Jill Filipovic, of Brooklyn, who flew from Newark Liberty Airport to Dublin over the weekend opened her luggage Monday morning to discover a personalized note on an official TSA form, reading “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL.” Filipovic, a lawyer and blogger, believes the note stemmed from the small vibrator that was packed in her suitcase. On Wednesday, the TSA said that it had “quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible.”
  • Saudi Man Arrested at New York Airport With Bag Full of Weapons

    09/24/2011 12:43:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 24, 2011 | foxnews
    New York – A Saudi man was busted at New York's JFK Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials spotted a stun gun and four other weapons in his checked bag, the New York Post reported Saturday.
  • Delta baggage kerfuffle not the airline's fault

    06/12/2011 10:31:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    American Thinker Bolg ^ | June 12, 2011
    Liberals are using the Pentagon bureaucracy's mistake to attack Delta, and other, airlines. You've probably heard how Delta charged some servicemen returning from Afghanistan huge fees for extra luggage. Many people including Barbara "don't call me ma'am" Boxer are all upset about how poorly the soldiers were treated. Apparently Boxer thinks only liberal Senators can be nasty to people who put their lives on the line to protect the country. Everyone can agree that telling soldiers coming back from Afghanistan that they have to pony up $200 because they brought 4 bags rather than 3 is insane. But what most...
  • Chameleon: The long-buried liberal history of Newt Gingrich

    03/02/2011 10:01:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | March 3, 2011 | Ed Kilgore
    After many feints in this direction dating back to 1996, Newt Gingrich seems to be finally preparing a run for president. Generally, he is not being taken as seriously as potential candidates like Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee—or even D.C. insider heartthrobs such as Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, and Chris Christie. I agree with this assessment of Gingrich’s potential, to an extent; he’s the opposite of a fresh new face, and the guy’s baggage rivals Charlie Sheen’s. Yet having carefully watched Gingrich up close since he was a Rockefeller Republican in the 1970s, I also know that he...
  • STRANGE BAGGAGE HANDLER AT AIRPORT CAUSES PLANE EVAC

    10/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 2+ views
    PHILLY.com ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "According to police, three baggage handlers were loading luggage on to a flight bound for Bermuda around 10:56 a.m. when two of the handlers noticed a third was not wearing an identification badge. When questioned about it, the third man took off and has yet to be found by police." SNIPPET: "Investigating agencies include the Philadelphia Police, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security."
  • Spirit Airlines to Charge for Some Carry-On Bags

    08/01/2010 11:11:39 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 5+ views
    KYW Newsradio ^ | Sunday, August 1, 2010 | Jim Melwert
    Most airlines are charging for checked bags, but starting today, one discount air carrier will begin charging for some carry-on bags. KYW’s Jim Melwert reports Spirit Airlines is now charging for carry-on bags that have to be stowed in the overhead compartments. Spokeswoman Misty Pinson: “The whole idea behind Spirit’s philosophy is that we give the customers the purchasing power, and they have the power to pick and choose what options they do and don’t want to pay for.” Bags that fit under the seat will be free, and there’s no charge for purses, laptops or umbrellas. But any bag...
  • Airlines bag big bucks from fees

    07/22/2010 5:21:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2010 | Julie Johnsson
    U.S. airlines are world-beaters when it comes to finding creative ways to boost baggage fees, onboard food sales and other revenues that aren't rolled into airfares, financial data show. United, American and Delta led global carriers in collecting ancillary revenues in 2009, according to a new study by airline consultancy IdeaWorks and Amadeus, a giant clearinghouse for airline transactions. Airlines worldwide collected $13.5 billion in 2009, a 43 percent jump from 2008 totals, according to the study of financial filings made by 96 airlines.
  • American Airlines Charges Soldier for Heavy Bag [video]

    06/17/2010 10:39:29 AM PDT · by sthguard · 42 replies · 1,222+ views
    CNN ^ | June 16, 2010 | CNN Staff
    See link for video.
  • Report: Hundreds of bags loaded on flights bypassed security scanners at Denver airport

    03/08/2010 1:44:37 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 62+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/8/10 | AP
    Denver airport officials say hundreds of bags were loaded onto airplanes in late December without being run through security scanners. Denver Airport Manager of Aviation Kim Day told KMGH-TV in Denver that the incident involved "a couple thousands of bags over a couple of days." The breach was first reported by the station. The Transportation Security Administration said it is investigating, but that it appeared the incident was an unintentional human error.
  • U.S. airlines increase traveller baggage fees

    01/25/2010 12:36:20 PM PST · by Willie Green · 45 replies · 1,077+ views
    Bermuda Sun ^ | 1/22/2010 | Don Burgess
    Air travellers will have to pay higher baggage fees from February 1. A string of U.S. airlines have hiked charges on luggage - and the move will earn them $1.8 billion this year, according to airline consultancy firm IdeaWorks. The U.S.'s nine major airlines lost more than $3 billion last year. Fees on baggage and other items are increasing because airlines do not want to raise fare prices while traveller demand is already low due to the recession. American Airlines was the last major U.S. airline to resist increasing baggage fees but they announced a rise on Monday. Kim Every,...
  • Guns soon could be checked in on Amtrak

    12/10/2009 4:17:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 470+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 December, 2009 | S.A. Miller
    Gun-toting Amtrak passengers are one giant step closer to being allowed to travel with firearms in their checked luggage, as lawmakers included a measure to lift a railroad gun ban in a catch-all spending bill for fiscal 2010. The omnibus spending bill, which combines six annual appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, is considered must-pass legislation, and that makes the new Amtrak gun rule as close to a sure bet as there is on Capitol Hill. Travelers with firearms have long faced disparate treatment on trains and airplanes. Airline passengers can transport firearms in checked baggage,...
  • Delta adds $5 to fee for bags checked at airport

    07/21/2009 8:00:21 AM PDT · by rawhide · 28 replies · 813+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 7-21-09 | By Kelly Yamanouchi
    Delta Air Lines has added a $5 surcharge for paying checked baggage fees at the airport instead of online, matching moves by some other airlines. Atlanta-based Delta already charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second checked bag on domestic flights. But starting Aug. 4, Delta will start charging those who pay for checked bags at airport ticket counters, kiosks and curbs $20 for the first checked bag and $30 for the second checked bag, for tickets purchased July 15 or later. The fees for paying for checked bags online remain the same.
  • AUTHORITIES ARREST TWO PEOPLE ABOARD U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT SMUGGLING HANDGUN ON BOARD.

    06/04/2009 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 76 replies · 6,765+ views
    AUTHORITIES ARREST TWO PEOPLE ABOARD U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AFTER SMUGGLING HANDGUN ON BOARD.
  • NWA, Delta waive baggage fees for military personnel

    08/15/2008 12:26:49 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies · 858+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/15/08 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    Northwest Airlines announced it will waive the fee for a third checked bag by military personnel traveling on NWA and Airlink flights in its continued support of military efforts around the world. Effective Friday, military personnel traveling on orders domestically or internationally may check up to three bags, up to 70 pounds each, at no fee. If military passengers are not on orders, then the regular luggage fees apply. Excess luggage fees will apply if military luggage is over 70 pounds. The decision comes the same day that Delta Airlines announced it would waive all excess baggage fees for active...
  • Soldiers pay bag fee on travel to war

    08/12/2008 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 55 replies · 220+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2008 | Audrey Hudson
    American Airlines is charging troops for their extra baggage, a practice that forces soldiers heading for a war zone in Iraq to try to get reimbursement from the military. One of the country's largest veterans groups is asking the aviation industry to drop the practice immediately. American, which recently charged two soldiers from Texas $100 and $300 for their extra duffel bags, said it gives the military a break on the cost for excess luggage and that the soldiers who incur the fees are reimbursed. (snip) Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) spokesman Joseph Davis said service members destined for Iraq...
  • American Airlines To Cut Flights & Charge For Bags

    05/21/2008 2:13:17 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 12 replies · 103+ views
    KTTV 11 ^ | 5/21/08
    American Airlines said Wednesday it plans to lay off possibly thousands of workers, charge passengers $15 for the first checked bag and cut domestic flights as it grapples with record-high fuel prices. Chairman and Chief Executive Gerard J. Arpey didn't put a figure on the layoffs, but when asked whether he expected the figure to be in the thousands he said yes. He said he expects the fees will raise several hundred million dollars, but that was the best estimate he would give. American, the nation's largest carrier, said Wednesday the fee for the first checked bag starts June 15...
  • American to begin charging for first checked bag

    05/21/2008 8:10:15 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 79 replies · 140+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/08 | AP
    FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines will start charging $15 for the first checked bag, cut domestic flights and lay off workers as it grapples with record-high fuel prices. ADVERTISEMENT The nation's largest carrier said Wednesday the fee for the first checked bag starts June 15 and that it would raise other fees for services ranging from reservation help to oversized bags. The other fees will mostly range from $5 to $50 per service, the airline said. Last month American announced it would join other carriers in charging $25 for second bags checked for some passengers, but it wasn't immediately...
  • All airlines increasing baggage fees significantly

    03/15/2008 9:47:45 AM PDT · by Crimson Elephant · 11 replies · 638+ views
    Pack light or pay up. Forcing customers to pay for service previously included with ticket purchases, UAL Corp.'s United Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. will begin charging $50 round-trip for checking a second piece of luggage on May 5, and Southwest Airlines Co. has already implemented a similar fee for checking a third bag. Other airlines may follow, eager to collect hundreds of millions of dollars without raising ticket prices.
  • United Airlines tacks on new charge for baggage

    02/04/2008 2:04:47 PM PST · by Notary Sojac · 62 replies · 249+ views
    Denver Business Journal ^ | February 4, 2008 | Anonymous
    To offset rising fuel costs, United Airlines will charge economy class customers $25 to check a second bag, the carrier announced Monday. Economy class fliers will pay $25 for a second bag and $125 for three bags. Previously it was free to check a second bag and cost $85 to check three bags. Those checking four or more bags will pay an additional $100 a bag. "Our customer research shows that only about one in four customers check a second bag, and with this new policy, customers who check extra bags may continue to do so for a service fee,...
  • Vulgar, sexist words against Hillary Clinton

    11/25/2007 6:14:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 519+ views
    The Salem Statesman-Journal | November 23, 2007 | Marie Cocco
    Cannot be posted due to copyright issues: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071123/OPINION/71122014/1049
  • Newt Gingrich: The only individual worthy of the GOP and America

    09/24/2007 7:05:58 PM PDT · by jageorge72 · 305 replies · 174+ views
    www.draftnewt.org ^ | 9/24/07 | Will Haun
    http://www.draftnewt.org/2007/09/newt_gingrich_the_only_individ.php "No single candidate in the race currently is the bastion of ideas Newt Gingrich has become over the past few years. And no other candidate has yet to propose such comprehensive solutions to problems in ways that are not only as workable as his are, but are also so understandable to the average American voter. As others have said, while the current group of GOP candidates are running for president, Newt is running to change the country."
  • BREAKING: Giuliani Files Statement for Candidacy for President

    02/05/2007 11:06:50 AM PST · by BladeLWS · 636 replies · 11,593+ views
    Breaking on Fox News. Giuliani Files Statement of Candidacy for President No article yet.
  • 68 pieces of luggage found in dumpster

    12/28/2006 6:34:19 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 34 replies · 1,588+ views
    HOUSTON (AP) - Airline workers are trying to match 68 pieces of stolen luggage with lost claims while police search for clues into the theft of the bags that were found in a trash container outside a pet store near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The bags found Tuesday were from passengers of as many as nine airlines and all appeared to have been rummaged through, said Sgt. Nate McDuell, a Houston police spokesman. Authorities have not identified any suspects or a motive. They are interviewing employees of Pet City, who reported the luggage Tuesday, and people who may have handled...
  • Romney’s Gay Rights Stance Draws Ire

    12/09/2006 5:32:29 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 594 replies · 5,617+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9 December 2006 | Adam Nagourney and D. Kirkpatrick
    Gov. Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Republican who has built a presidential campaign on a broad appeal for conservative support, is drawing sharply increased criticism from conservative activists for his advocacy of gay rights in a 1994 letter. Mr. Romney’s standing among conservatives is being hurt by a letter he sent to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts saying that he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights than Senator Edward M. Kennedy, his opponent in a Senate race, in a position that stands in contrast to his current role as a champion of a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex...
  • Paris airport bars Muslim staff

    11/01/2006 11:37:24 PM PST · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 954+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 2, 2006 | Staff
    More than 70 Muslim workers at France's main airport have been stripped of the security clearance for allegedly posing a risk to passengers, officials say.The staff at Charles de Gaulle airport, including baggage handlers, are said to have visited terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. One man is thought to have been a friend of Richard Reid, the so-called British shoe bomber. Richard Reid tried to blow up a flight from Paris to the US in 2001. Discrimination lawsuitsEarlier this year officials at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, conducted a security review of staff and questioned dozens...
  • End Airplane Terrorism (Separate baggage) (Retread trolls to be towed 500 yards aft)

    08/13/2006 8:39:23 AM PDT · by robert jones · 70 replies · 1,289+ views
    Robert Jones | 8/13/06 | Robert Jones
    One way to end terrorism on airplanes would be to have separate planes for baggage. With a minimal crew and no one else on board, an inexpensive baggage plane would not be a very attractive terrorist target. Without baggage the passenger plane would be as safe from internal attack as possible. Terrorists could only sneak on board with nonmetallic objects that they have swallowed or that they can, um, stuff up their rectums. A simple-minded implementation of such a scheme would be to halve the number of passenger flights, an inconvenience that many would put up with for the sake...
  • Baggage collection drive receives national recognition (Troops Families Support others)

    04/23/2006 9:02:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 370+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A hugely successful drive to help Cochise County’s foster children has received nationwide recognition. USA Weekend Magazine has chosen the Herald/Review and the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club as honorees in its Make A Difference Day Awards. It follows the amazing support given by our readers to an appeal for luggage for youngsters who often have to throw their belongings into a trash bag when they leave home. The campaign culminated in a one-day collection last October of more than 1,000 suitcases and travel bags — making a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 children....
  • CA: June initiatives already in play - 2006 petitions begin to circulate

    09/14/2005 9:27:43 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 327+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 09/14/2005 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO — Election-weary California voters have yet to weigh in on November's special election ballot measures. But special interests have already launched dozens of initiative efforts aimed at next year's election. About two dozen ballot measure bids are listed with the secretary of state's office to be circulated for signatures to qualify for the June ballot or are awaiting approval to circulate. Initiative efforts are under way on topics ranging from restricting political contributions by corporations and creating a new state police force to patrol the Mexican border to expanding preschool. And even more initiatives are likely to follow. While...
  • No to Hillary - (west coast Democrats skeptical about her chances in 2008; too much baggage)

    06/09/2005 8:07:44 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 1,179+ views
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | JUNE 9, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    LOS ANGELES -- Back east, well-placed Democrats have agreed that the party's 2008 nomination is all wrapped up better than three years in advance. They say that the prize is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's for the asking, and that she is sure to ask. But here on the left coast, I found surprising and substantial Democratic opposition to going with the former first lady. Both the Hollywood glitterati and the more mundane politicians of Los Angeles are looking elsewhere. They have seen plenty of Sen. Clinton over the past dozen years, and they don't particularly like what they've seen. Two...
  • Dallas Friends Eat & Are Merry After Companion Nearly Kills New Orleans Local Doctor

    01/06/2005 1:09:30 AM PST · by Askel5 · 137 replies · 3,140+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | 2004-01-05 | Lynn Jensen
    Galatoire's evening turns violent Doctor seriously hurt; tourist is charged A well-known doctor and art collector suffered a fractured skull and brain damage Sunday night after a lighthearted evening at Galatoire's turned suddenly and mysteriously ugly. Retired radiologist Russell Albright, 69, remained in Charity Hospital on Tuesday after another Galatoire's patron, a visitor from Texas, allegedly pushed him to the pavement outside the fashionable Bourbon Street restaurant at about 8 p.m., police spokesman Sgt. Paul Accardo said. .... Another Galatoire's insider who was at the restaurant at the time of the incident said he didn't realize what had happened...
  • Explosives lost in airport gaffe

    12/05/2004 5:08:22 AM PST · by ijcr · 19 replies · 570+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5 December, 2004, | Allan Little
    Plastic explosives were mistakenly loaded onto a plane at a Paris airport after security officials lost track of it during an exercise, police say. Around 150 grams (about five ounces) of explosive were slipped into the bag of a passenger during sniffer dog training at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The bag ended up on one of 90 flights leaving at the time, and police are now trying to track it down. They stress the explosive is "no more dangerous than a bar of chocolate". But airlines, airports and police forces around the world have been alerted. It was a...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Man Steals Atlanta Airport Baggage Tractor

    07/21/2004 9:03:33 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 5 replies · 617+ views
    ATLANTA - An airline passenger wearing only a pair of pajama bottoms stole a baggage tractor at the city's main airport and drove it onto an active runway early Wednesday, police said. Atlanta police say Robert W. Buzzell, 31, had walked out an exit door that had an alarm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Flights were not affected by the incident, which took place before 6 a.m., airport officials said. The man was stopped by mechanics who asked him for an employee identification card. When he could not provide one, they escorted him to an office and called police. Authorities...
  • Not even fruitcakes are welcome as carry-on baggage: security official (WMD?)

    12/10/2003 3:47:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 287+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/09/03
    Not even fruitcakes are welcome as carry-on baggage: security official Tue Dec 9, 4:15 PM ET MONTREAL (CP) - Holiday travellers are being advised to forget the fruitcake as carry-on luggage if they want to avoid delays when boarding planes over the holiday season. The head of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said Tuesday about 500,000 prohibited items have been intercepted at Canada's 89 airports during the past six months. Jacques Duchesneau said the public still isn't aware of what is allowed on board. He said a lot of scissors and Swiss Army knives are still being confiscated along...
  • Baggage screeners push to unionize

    10/27/2003 3:27:59 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 28 replies · 339+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 10/27/03 | Brock N. Meeks
    Union leaders are pushing the Bush administration to allow some 50,000 federal airport baggage and passenger screeners the right to union representation, saying they’ll take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. The push for collective-bargaining rights comes as the Transportation Security Administration has cut some 6,000 screener jobs at airports nationwide in an effort to get its budget under control, and near the one-year anniversary of the deadline to have a federal screener workforce in place. Ironically, the federal jobs themselves, created by congressional mandate in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, could be in jeopardy....
  • Saddam's sons had $100 million stash

    07/28/2003 9:13:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 285+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 28 2003 | Associated Press
    U.S. soldiers found a stash of cash and a briefcase of goodies in the mansion where Odai and Qusai Hussein were killed last week. The brothers had $100 million in U.S. dollars and Iraqi dinars, according to a report published Sunday. Based on the contents of a briefcase belonging to Odai, Saddam Hussein's elder son seemed to be preparing more for a night out than a fight. It contained pain-killers, cologne, Viagra, unopened packages of men's underwear, dress shirts, a silk tie and a condom, Newsweek reported. They also had two women's purses. Sunday, U.S. forces focused their hunt for...
  • See How They Ran (Uday & Qusay Found with $100, Cocaine & Viagra at Raid)

    07/27/2003 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Recourse · 42 replies · 414+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 27, 2003 | Evan Thomas and Rod Nordland
    See How They Ran By Evan Thomas and Rod Nordland, Newsweek In his famous short story "The Things They Carried," writer Tim O'Brien shows that you can learn a great deal about men by what they take into battle. IN THE CASE OF the platoon he described slogging through the rice fields in 'Nam, those items included love letters from home, grenades and land mines, lucky charms, insecticide, copies of Stars and Stripes, fingernail clippers, bags of marijuana, bandages, psyop leaflets and tanning lotion. "Often," O'Brien writes, "they carried each other, the wounded and the weak
  • See How They Ran

    07/27/2003 2:48:37 PM PDT · by Radix · 6 replies · 213+ views
    MSNBC, Newsweek ^ | Aug. 4 issue | Evan Thomas and Rod Nordland
    In his famous short story "The Things They Carried," writer Tim O'Brien shows that you can learn a great deal about men by what they take into battle. IN THE CASE OF the platoon he described slogging through the rice fields in 'Nam, those items included love letters from home, grenades and land mines, lucky charms, insecticide, copies of Stars and Stripes, fingernail clippers, bags of marijuana, bandages, psyop leaflets and tanning lotion. "Often," O'Brien writes, "they carried each other, the wounded and the weak." And what did Uday Hussein carry to the fight? After a hot and noisy siege...
  • More LA baggage screeners fired for having criminal records

    06/12/2003 9:35:44 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 3 replies · 216+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thurs. June 12, 2003
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dozen screeners at Los Angeles International Airport were found to have criminal records and a few had convictions relating to unlawfully possessing explosives or weapons, it was reported Thursday. The workers had access to restricted areas such as runways and baggage sorting stations, some for as long as seven months, according to the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.</p>
  • Logan to begin examining all checked bags

    12/31/2002 7:21:21 AM PST · by Lou in Mass. · 7 replies · 350+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, December 31, 2002 | Kevin Rothstein
    When the clock ticks into tomorrow, Logan International Airport will begin examining every bag checked onto a plane, meeting a federally mandated deadline for new anti-terrorist screening measures, airport officials said. ``Sometime after midnight . . . we'll begin screening 100 percent of the checked bags. That's not being done today,'' said George Naccara, Logan's federal security director. Work was to continue overnight and through today to help the Massachusetts Port Authority meet the Dec. 31 deadline. The complex security system needs some debugging, but Nacarra said the system was essentially up and running. ``We are finding some surprises and...
  • Senate Panel Votes to Exempt 40 airports from deadline

    09/20/2002 6:46:33 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 30 replies · 235+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 19, 2002 | Sara Kehaulani Goo
    Senate Panel Votes to Exempt 40 Airports From Deadline By Sara Kehaulani Goo Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 20, 2002; Page A06 A Senate committee passed a bill yesterday that would exempt 40 airports, including many of the nation's largest hubs, from an end-of-the-year deadline to screen all passenger luggage with explosives-detection machines. The bill, passed by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, also would allow non-U.S. citizens to apply for federal airport-screening jobs, reversing a restriction imposed last fall. . Surprisingly, I didn't find this article in title or keyword search. Hope it is not a duplicate....
  • Many explosive-detection machines not fully used to screen airport baggage

    06/20/2002 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 261+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-20-02 | JONATHAN D. SALANT
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  More than half the explosive-detection machines now at airports are not being fully used to screen checked baggage, even as the government plans to buy hundreds more of the minivan-sized equipment, the Transportation Department said Thursday.</p> <p>Inspector General Kenneth Mead said the machines should screen at least 1,250 bags a day, but only 12 of 138 machines are reaching that level. Transportation Security Administration head John Magaw acknowledged the problem and said it would be fixed as trained federal baggage screeners replace private employees.</p>