Articles tagged “airport security”

British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

Lisa Lee, Bloomberg

The seven-day suspension might seem interminably long for travelers whose plans have been disrupted. But given escalating regional tensions with Iran — not to mention the history of terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt and the October 2015 bomb explosion that destroyed a Russian airliner — action by British Airways is well warranted despite scant details.

4 months ago

Airport Security Lines Won’t Be Crazy Despite TSA Agents Being Redeployed to Border

Airport Security Lines Won’t Be Crazy Despite TSA Agents Being Redeployed to Border

David Koenig, Associated Press

While officials say the redeployment of TSA agents to the border has not had a significant effect on airport wait times thus far, the situation is a testament to the far-reaching effects of the U.S. border crisis.

4 months ago

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines and other travel companies have been testing more than 50 systems for so-called biometric identification technologies, such as faceprint scans. But the industry needs to agree on standards for collecting, tracking, exchanging, and protecting travelers' data to speed everyone's journeys.

4 months ago

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.

10 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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?

1 year 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.

2 years ago