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Saudi Suicide Bomber Hid IED in His Anal Cavity

- An affiliate of al Qaeda has taken a page from the drug mule's playbook, hiding an improvised explosive device (IED) in the anal cavity of a suicide bomber who detonated himself in late August in Saudi Arabia, reports the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

Aviation Security

- General aviation—all flights other than commercial and military—poses limited risk to homeland security, according to the findings of a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office study.

Streamlining Air Passenger Security Screening

- A new study says passenger screening could be improved by separating travelers into two lines: one for low-risk passengers and the other for high-risk passengers.

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.

Private Plane Security

- The TSA requires a private armed security officer (ASO) on private planes flying into Washington Reagan National Airport. Read the TSA’s ASO requirements.

Protecting Private Jets

- A little known security professional protects private flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just outside the nation's capital.

Radiological Detectors Not Worth the Cost, Says GAO

- A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report slated to be released today says that new detectors for scanning cargo for radiological and nuclear material perform no better than the current detectors, according to the Associated Press.

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.

Air Cargo Screening

- Is the August 2010 deadline for 100 percent cargo screening feasible? The Transportation Security Administration and the air cargo sector remain skeptical. The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently examined progress and obstacles.

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