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Yesterday we bid adieu to Sarasota, Florida after a very pleasant week in the sun enjoying time with Mike's family and my Aunt Gen. I found the Sarasota airport to be a nice, manageable airport that w... Posted on 11/29/11 at 9:14 PM
North Dakota's Washington delegation is calling on the Transportation Security Administration to develop a plan to replace the full-body scanners that are being yanked from airports in Bismarck, Minot and Grand Forks.
House members of both parties on Monday teed off against the agency in charge of airport and port anti-terrorist screening, saying it uses ineffective tactics, wastes money on faulty equipment and treats travelers rudely. TSA officials told a hearing that airport screening is getting better for U.S. travelers, because the agency is moving away from a one-size-fits-all system. Instead, the TSA is expanding programs to identify travelers posing a risk, while allowing those who provide personal information in advance to go through a fast line.
A Nigerian man on a suicide mission for al-Qaida was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for attempting to blow up an international flight with a bomb in his underwear as the plane approached Detroit on Christmas 2009.
Officials say new body scanners enhance security, speed up process, minimize privacy concerns A $170,000 Advanced Imaging Technology unit was installed at the passenger checkpoint on Jan. 17 and went into operation a couple of days later.
Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler who was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, sued the TSA in January, two years after he had a titanium hip implanted. The hip sets off metal detectors at airports, and in September 2010, the TSA required screeners to pull such people aside and search them more thoroughly, either by using "whole-body imaging" or physical pat-down searches.
The reporter arrived late at the airport and never talked to or heard the protester — me. Nor were the protester’s “urgings” ever spoken by the protester.
In truth, I was just giving out information to passengers about the National Transportation Security Administration Protest Day.
One of the busiest airline travel days of the year went smoothly at Grand Forks International Airport on Wednesday. There was one oddity, however. Using a bullhorn, a protester outside urged arriving passengers to join in “National Opt Out Day,” a national movement against the use of body scanners. The problem? Grand Forks is not one of the 68 U.S. airports that have a scanner. When the metal detector at airport security checkpoints is activated, the only option is a pat-down. There’s no choice.
The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved quickly and smoothly at airports around the country this morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.
Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports today, while the head of the nation's transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
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