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.