NEWS & ANALYSIS

Obsession with 9/11 Leaves Commercial Carriers Vulnerable, Says Pilot

The obsession with preventing another improbable 9/11-style attack has left the nation's commercial air traffic more vulnerable to terrorism, argues a pilot.

Travelers Provide Airlines with Birth Date and Gender Starting Saturday

Starting Saturday, some travelers will begin providing their birth date and sex when booking airline reservations.

DHS IG Says General Aviation Does Not Present Serious Terrorist Threat

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OI) says terrorist threats to general aviation are "limited and mostly hypothetical" and are not sufficient to increase government regulation.

House Votes to Limit Whole-Body Imaging at Airports

The House of Representatives on Friday said no to the Transportation Security Administration's efforts to introduce whole-body imaging machines as the primary screening technology at the nation's airports.

Airline Employee Helps Roommate Smuggle Handgun

The U.S. Airways employee carried the bag with the handgun inside through an employee entrance before handing it to his friend.

TSA Halts Delta Flights to Kenya

The decision by the Department of Homeland Security to halt four weekly flights from Atlanta to Nairobi, Kenya, over security concerns has rankled the Kenyan government, which has summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain the decision, reports Reuters.

Privacy Advocates Say No to Whole Body Imaging

Civil libertarians led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center called on homeland security chief Janet Napolitano to suspend the roll out of whole body imaging technology because the new security machines perform a virtual strip search of passengers.

British Airport Tests Facial Recognition Security Gates

London's Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom has begun testing security gates with facial recognition software as the first part of an eventual roll out of the new security gates to 10 more airports by August 2009.

TSA's "Secure Flight" Launches Friday Amid Auditors' Concerns

TSA's program to compare airline passengers against the terrorist watch list is set to go,but problems persist, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Body Scanners Used as Primary Screening Technology at Tulsa International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration's new body-scanning machines have been unveiled this week at Tulsa International Airport as the primary screening technology to favorable reviews, reports USA Today.
 




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