Amid fears that terrorists may have found new ways to bypass existing security, the American government is pushing for tighter screening measures at European and Middle Eastern airports for flights heading to the U.S.
The Transportation Security Administration Wednesday released a report outlining several significant changes to improve security at airports including having armed law enforcement at checkpoints and ticket counters during peak travel times.
This is another of those “Somebody left a box of explosives at the airport for a training exercise, and then they disappeared, but somebody else found them later, and nobody was hurt, so it’s all OK”-stories. Except, it’s not OK.
A Nigerian American has been indicted on federal stowaway charges after authorities say he breached three layers of airport security when he got on a cross-country flight with an expired boarding pass.
Los Angeles Airport Police were on “heightened alert” Tuesday after a suicide bombing that killed at least 35 people at Moscow’s busiest airport.
Despite tough talk on the Internet, there was little if any indication of a passenger revolt at many major U.S. airports, with very few people declining the X-ray scan that can peer through their clothes. Those who refuse the machines are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest.
God bless the American spirit of innovation: a Nevada company is marketing men’s underwear, specially designed for air passengers going through security checkpoints. Allegedly, the special fig leaf design shields the wearer from radiation, and ridicule, at the X-ray scanner.
More travelers are voicing their frustration with airport security and its increasingly invasive procedures.
The newly formed opt-out crowd wants fliers to demand pat-downs next Wednesday, with the goal of slowing long security lines even more. Hmmmm: passive resistance, an effective form of protest since Gandhi, and Selma.
The Transportation Security Administration is changing the way it pats down passengers at airports — moving from the screener’s traditional hand pat to more of a hand-sliding motion, a law enforcement official said Thursday.