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Heathrow Scraps Fingerprint Plan

- London Heathrow Airport scraps a plan to fingerprint all departures at a new domestic terminal after a government watchdog voices opposition.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Airport Security

- A bill (H.R. 1413) that would establish an airport security pilot program has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The program, which would be carried out at five commercial airports. would screen all airport workers with access to sensitive areas within the airport and would then conduct a vulnerability assessment of each airport to determine how well the screening programs worked.

TSA Responds to CNN's Air Marshal Report

- The agency says that the number of flights covered by federal air marshals is in the thousands and that the marshals are deployed on particular flights based on intelligence and risk.

CNN: Marshals on Less than 1 Percent of U.S Flights

- Sources claim armed air marshals fly on fewer than 1 percent of U.S. flights, while federal officials say 6.5 percent of flights carry an an armed crew member or law enforcement officer.

Israeli Airline Security Challenged

- A civil liberties group has taken the Israeli government to court, challenging the common practice of ethnic profiling in airline security.

Airlines Fight Fingerprinting

- The airline industry says fingerprinting foreign visitors leaving the United States is a government function the private sector should not bear.

New Terminal at JFK Designed to Make Security Quicker and Easier

- JetBlue's new terminal at JFK International Airport reflects the security concerns of a post-September 11 world.

A Site for Safe Transit

- As the United States examines how best to secure its mass transit systems, it may be helpful to look at what its northern neighbor is doing.

Amtrak Increases Security Measures

- Amtrak to introduce mobile security teams to deter a terrorist attack on its rail lines.

Government Acts to Reduce Human-Error Train Accidents

- Human-factor-caused train accidents, such as a January 2005 accident in Graniteville, South Carolina, which killed nine people and resulted in the release of toxic chlorine gas, have increased in recent years. The Transportation Department has issued a regulation to reduce such accidents by emphasizing the need to follow operating procedures.

Little Progress Made on Airport Security Screening Technology

- Deployment of new technology at airport security checkpoints has been slow, leaving travelers vulnerable, say experts.

Runway Safety

- Government agencies responsible for aviation security, reports the GAO, must address leadership and technology problems to prevent accidents on airport runways.

Mass transit security.

- Two identical bills (H.R. 4008 and S. 1608), introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), respectively, would increase the penalties for terrorism against mass transit systems. Anyone guilty of the crime could be imprisoned for up to 20 years. For aggravated offenses--which would include any that involve high-level radioactive materials or those that result in the death of a person--the punishment could range from a prison term of not less than 30 years to the death penalty.
 




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