Beyond Print: Drug Control
03/23/2012 - A man sued the government for violation of his Fourth Amendment rights after a pat-down at an airport checkpoint revealed 700 Oxycodone pills hidden on his body. The court ruled that the pat-down was reasonable because the man consented to the search and could have withdrawn from the search at any time.
Daily Headline : Travel Security
03/02/2012 - Researchers at the Mineta Transportation Institute hope to open discussion of the safety of U.S. public transit systems with a study of attacks targeting bus systems in Israel, published on Thursday.
Daily Headline : Homeland Security
02/09/2012 - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Malaysian woman can sue the government to find out whether she is still on the no-fly list.
Daily Headline : Terrorism
02/02/2012 - A year ago the list had around 10,000 known terrorists and now has 21,000, according to government data provided to the Associated Press.
Legal Report: ID issues \ Identity Theft
01/30/2012 - A bill (H.R. 2431) introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would make it a federal crime to use falsified travel documents. Under the measure, it would be illegal to produce, transfer, possess, or use false travel documents. The bill would also provide training for transportation security officers on the best methods to identify false documents.
Beyond Print: Legal Issues
01/30/2012 - New York’s high court has ruled that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is immune from liability for the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. According to the court, the port authority was acting in a “governmental capacity” at the time of the bombing and, thus, has legal immunity.
01/24/2012 - Cargo thieves have grown increasingly sophisticated both in their selection of targets and in their operational planning. Still, incidents of cargo theft were down for the first half of 2011, perhaps a sign that some countermeasures are yielding results.
Transportation/Mass Transit: Travel Security
12/20/2011 - A bill (H.R. 3173) introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) would alter the application and distribution process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Currently, transportation workers must make at least two trips to a TWIC enrollment center every five years to apply for and then pick up and activate their cards. Sometimes workers travel hundreds of miles to the nearest enrollment center.
Intelligence: Risk Management
11/29/2011 - An agency’s attempt to ban cell phone service in advance of a protest raises questions about balancing safety and civil rights.
Book Reviews: Travel Security
11/19/2011 - While Escape the Wolf is lengthy, it is well structured and easy to follow.
Daily Headline : IT Security
11/18/2011 - Republican lawmakers say TSA is pointless. St. Louis police to sue over DNA collection policy. F's are changed to A's after a university's computer system is hacked. And more.
Daily Headline : Travel Security
11/16/2011 - TSA has created an app to help travelers find out how they can legally travel with firearms and other frequently asked about items. Also,TSA won't be unwrapping presents at security checkpoints.
Beyond Print: Airport Security
10/28/2011 - A federal court has ruled against a group of 19 airlines that claimed the U.S. government overcharged them for passenger screening. The lawsuit concerned fees for 2000, which the TSA said were $420 million. Airlines argued that the amount was actually $305 million. The court ruled that TSA’s figures were reasonable.