Articles tagged “airport security”

TSA Airport Screener Absences Reach 10 Percent as Shutdown Drags On

TSA Airport Screener Absences Reach 10 Percent as Shutdown Drags On

Chris Strohm, Bloomberg

Except at a few U.S. airports, lines have been moving quickly, despite fewer screeners showing up. But this can't last forever. Ten percent of all screeners didn't come to work on Sunday, and that number is increasing each day. Things could get bad.

4 months ago

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

We hear good things about the reliability of facial scans at airports with one exception. JetBlue Airways reports that the system in place at its terminals is not as effective with the oldest travelers as it is with everyone else.

7 months ago

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

New airport scanners for carry-on bags use computed tomography X-rays, which give much better views of what's inside. But their cost is astronomical. Don't expect all of your local airport's scanners replaced anytime soon.

9 months ago

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Brian Sumers, Skift

Last week's stolen plane tragedy in Seattle made for great television. It also scared some travelers. But let's call it what it was: a fluke.

9 months ago

Airports Debate How to Protect Against Rogue Employees

Airports Debate How to Protect Against Rogue Employees

Gene Johnson , Associated Press

After a tragedy, airports have to go through the motions to assure the public they're improving security procedures. But remember, many ground employees need unimpeded access to aircraft. It's not practical to punish all airport workers because one employee went rogue.

10 months ago

Don’t Expect Greater Airport Security After Alaska Air Crash

Don’t Expect Greater Airport Security After Alaska Air Crash

Brian Sumers, Skift

Security is all about tolerances. Yes, there's probably a way to ensure that no airline employee ever steals an airplane again. But it's probably not worth instituting such procedures. This was more likely a tragic fluke than anything.

10 months ago

TSA Is Testing Scanners That Could Let Travelers Bring Liquids Into Airports

TSA Is Testing Scanners That Could Let Travelers Bring Liquids Into Airports

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Many travelers would celebrate if they were able to take their water bottles, full-sized toiletries, or other liquids larger than 3 ounces through security.

10 months ago

U.S. Airport Security Cracks Down On Powders in Carry-On Bags

U.S. Airport Security Cracks Down On Powders in Carry-On Bags

Mehr Nadeem, Bloomberg

Security is important, but the list of banned items in carry-on bags is getting ridiculous. We keep hearing about next-generation security screening measures that will make many of these bans obsolete. When will those come to market?

11 months ago

U.S. Travelers Soon Will Need Enhanced IDs to Board Planes — For Real This Time

U.S. Travelers Soon Will Need Enhanced IDs to Board Planes — For Real This Time

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

No one can say the federal government hasn't warned states or travelers this would be coming. For 13 years, the law has required travelers to produce enhanced IDs for flying. It's just that the implementation date repeatedly has been postponed.

1 year ago

Laptop Ban May Not Be Expanded, Homeland Security Boss Hints

Laptop Ban May Not Be Expanded, Homeland Security Boss Hints

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

Is it necessary for the DHS Secretary to deliberate so much in public? He seems to change his statements week by week. Enough, already.

2 years ago

Laptop Ban on European Flights Might Not Happen, Report Says

Laptop Ban on European Flights Might Not Happen, Report Says

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's starting to look like an electronics ban on flights from Europe to the United States may not be imminent. But no one outside of government knows for sure — not even airlines.

2 years ago

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

Associated Press

This sounds arduous for passengers, but TSA has been testing it for more than a year, and there hasn't been much of an outcry. That probably means it's not that big of a deal.

2 years ago