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Senate Passes Amendment to Require Amtrak to Let Passengers Pack Firearms

- Amtrak could lose its pubic subsidy next year if it doesn't allow passengers to carry guns in checked baggage, after the Senate passed an amendment to its fiscal 2010 Transportation-Housing spending bill today.

The Information DHS Stores on International Travelers

- A recent Freedom of Information Act request reveals how much personally identifiable information the government collects and stores on international travelers.

State Department: 30,000 Foreign Shoulder-to-Air Missile Launchers Destroyed Since 2003

- The United States government in cooperation with 29 countries have destroyed over 30,000 shoulder-to-air missile launchers, otherwise known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) since 2003, reports the U.S. State Department.

Black Boxes to Get Back-up Battery

- Black box flight recorders, which help investigators determine how a plane crash happened, are set to get a long-needed upgrade to ensure proper functioning during a crash: back-up batteries.

Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working, and Living in a Post-9/11 World

- The quinessential, easy-to-carry manual for traveling abroad in a post-9-11 world.

Hotel Security

- In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorists attacks, the State Department has provided a security checklist of measures that should be standardized in any hotel.

Over $700 Million in Train Security Funds Go Unspent by Homeland Security

- The Department of Homeland Security has spent only a small percentage of the approximately $750 million Congress appropriated since 2006 to beef up train security, according to New Jersey's Star-Ledger.

Metro Police Chief Outlines Security for Inauguration Day

- Approximately 650 police officers, including explosive detection dogs, will fan out across the capital's transit system to protect passengers during Inauguration Day.

New Guidebook on Trucking Security Released

- The American Trucking Associations (ATA) have released new guidelines for securing cargo from pick up to delivery.

Canada: Greyhound Buses Strengthen Security Measures

- Greyhound Lines Inc. has instituted heightened security protocols at Canadian bus terminals after multiple passengers have been stabbed and one beheaded while riding buses in cities and across the countryside, reports The Los Angeles Times.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Rail Safety

- A bill designed to improve railroad safety (H.R. 2095) has been approved by a conference committee and must now be signed into law by the president. The new law (P.L. 110-432) reduces stress on workers by decreasing overall work hours and increasing the amount of time off between shifts.

Senate Hearing: Cruise Line Security

- Lawmakers explored the effectiveness of security aboard cruise ships during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. Several witnesses discussed cases in which cruise ship passengers were sexually assaulted, robbed, or went missing at sea.

Travel Industry Praises 2009 Homeland Security Appropriations

- The U.S. travel industry applauded the president's funding of DHS programs that will help make tourism to the U.S. less burdensome.
 




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