US Customs, a division of Homeland Security, is now using cash-sniffing dogs at airports for international travelers. A dog was able to detect one passenger's $400 in currency from among numerous travelers.Read more »
A Cafe near Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) has banned TSA Agents from entering. On occasion they have even called the police to have agents removed. According to the Cafe about 90% of customers, and even the police, believe that they are doing the right thing.Read more »
"New Mother Harassed and Threatened by TSA because she requests alternate screening for her breast milk. As a repeat traveler, the TSA singled her out to make an example out of her. She spends over an hour in the "Special Inspection" area and is forced to miss her flight."Read more »
Sam Wolanyk says he was asked to pass through the 3-D x-ray machine. When Wolanyk refused, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told him he would have to be patted down before he could pass through and board his airplane.
Wolanyk said he knew what was coming and took off his pants and shirt, leaving him in Calvin Klein bike undergarments.
“It was obvious that my underwear left nothing to the imagination,” he explained. “But that wasn’t enough for the TSA supervisor who was called to the scene and asked me to put my clothes on so I could be properly patted down.”Read more »
Penn Jillette tells a TSA agent "You have to ask me before you touch me or it's assault."Read more »
At the San Diego International Airport yesterday, about one-fifth of the travelers were selected for sexual assault by transportation security agents. Though TSA’s website did not list SAN as one of the airports employing the carcinogenic naked scan or a full body rub down, one man was told his refusal to submit would result in a civil law suit and a $10,000 fine. Under 49 CFR Sec.s 1540.105 and 1540.107, as summarized in these 2004 TSA Sanction Guidelines, apparently TSA has Congressional support to fine people for refusing to submit to molestation.Read more »
In a further development which added to concern over the ease with which the explosive material used in the devices – Pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN – can be passed through all kinds of airport security, Qatar Airways said the bomb found in Dubai had travelled on two separate passenger aircraft without being picked up. "There is no way of picking out PETN," said the British counter-terrorism official. "It is a continued vulnerability."Read more »
Despite its lax security, and the fact that the 'underwear bomber' departed from Nigera, the Federal Aviation Administration has 'bestowed' its highest rating to Nigeria, allowing Nigerian airlines to make direct flights to the US.Read more »
The airport commission has proposed changing the rules for long-term leaseholders by reverting ownership of hangars (AKA stealing them) to the airport at the end of their lease term. Under new lease terms, tenants who built (and currently own) hangars on leased land could either turn ownership of the structures over to the airport (have property stolen) and renew the lease—at a much higher rental rate—or tear down the hangar at their own expense.Read more »
The Governor of Georgia vetoed a bill that would 'allow' citizens to carry their firearms into the 'non-sterile' areas of airports. The author of this article claims this would have made passengers more dangerous and hampered law enforcement.Read more »
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