NEWS & ANALYSIS

GAO Skeptical TSA Can Screen 100 Percent of Domestic Cargo by August Deadline

With less than a month to go, the Government Accountability Office is skeptical that the Transportation Security Administration will achieve 100 percent screening of all cargo loaded onto passenger aircraft at U.S. airports by the August 1 deadline set in law.

Terrorists Slip Past TSA's Scientifically Untested Behavioral Threat Detection Program

At least 17 suspected terrorists have evaded federal officers trained to spot suspicious behavior under an aviation security program the Government Accountability Office describes as scientifically unreliable.

Court Upholds Firing of Federal Air Marshal for Disclosing Sensitive Information

The Department of Homeland Security had the right to fire a whistleblower who provided sensitive information to a reporter in 2003, an administrative judge for the Merit Systems Protection Board ruled yesterday.

Pets Receive X-Ray Security Screening for Bombs at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

The implications of the keister bomber's failed assassination attempt on a Saudi prince last August continues to affect airport security screening policies.

DHS Working Internationally to Protect Global Aviation System

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has aggressively pursued international cooperation to protect the global aviation system from terrorists since Christmas' failed attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday.

Congressman Admonishes DHS for Neglecting Public Concerns Over Screening Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must pay closer attention to whether passengers are comfortable with future screening technologies before they are deployed to airports, a lawmaker said today.

Obama Requests $1 Billion to Protect the Airline Industry and Its Passengers in 2011

In its proposed 2011 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Obama Administration has requested nearly $1 billion to secure the nation's airports from terrorism-related threats on the heels of Christmas Day's botched attack by a young jihadist from Nigeria.

9-11 Commission Co-Chairs: Mass of Data, Analysis Failures Main Culprits of Christmas Day Attack

The botched terrorist attack on Christmas Day was a failure of intelligence analysis and not information sharing, the two former chairs of the 9-11 Commission testified today.

U.S. Airline Industry Fears Security Fee Hikes

In reaction to the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack, U.S. airlines can expect the Obama administration and Congress to push for a hike in security fees to pay for the security upgrades, reports Bloomberg.

Senator Warns of Boarding Pass Sleight of Hand

A confluence of loopholes involving online ticketing and security screening has Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) worried that terrorists could exploit these long-known-about weaknesses to strike commercial aircraft even if their names appeared on the federal no-fly list.
 




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