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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2001
City officials need to do all they can to help the 12,000 Los Angeles International Airport workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the solution isn't to try to balance airport security with job security, no matter how wrenching the pleas of the hundreds of laid-off workers who marched on City Hall this week. Airport security tips the balance. It has to come first.
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. “It may be time to reduce security,” said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who co-authored the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
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OPINION
November 5, 2013
Re "LAX shooting points up gaps in post-9/11 security," Nov. 3 Once again a shooting is being used by various vested interests to highlight the need for all sorts of new enhanced security measures and to point out "gaps" in security. This shooter could as easily have decided he had a grudge against Starbucks - would that point to gaps in security at coffee stores? Simply put, this is an individual with issues who had access to semi-automatic weapons and ammunition, period. There is only one gap here we should be discussing.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. "It may be time to reduce security," said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who wrote the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Will the airport of the future be able to verify the identity of passengers with a quick eye scan? Aoptix Technologies Inc., a Campbell-based high-tech company, has developed iris scan technology the company hopes can be used by the Transportation Security Administration to verify passenger identification in a matter of seconds. To market, sell and develop such technology, Aoptix announced last week it had acquired $42 million in additional funding from investors, bringing the total amount it has raised to $123 million since it launched in 2000.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Because of the stepped-up security after the 2001 terrorist attacks, several private companies collaborated with the federal government to offer pre-screening services so frequent travelers could speed through the airport. But in the last few months, all three of the major companies approved by the Transportation Security Administration to participate in the registered traveler program have folded or suspended operations.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2012 | By Richard Simon
Bothered by select air travelers who get to move faster through airport security checkpoints? Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is. He has introduced legislation that would bar airlines and airports from giving passengers, often first class and elite frequent fliers, preferential treatment on security lines.   “This bill is about fairness," Nelson said. "Regardless of whether you have a first-class ticket or have reached a certain frequent flier status, the purpose of the airport security screening line is to ensure traveler safety.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
When an online video gets more than a million views, it's hard to ignore. That may be the reason the Transportation Security Administration took the unusual step last week to address an online video that claims to show how to circumvent the full-body scanners that the TSA has installed at 140 airports across the country. Jonathan Corbett, a blogger and TSA critic, posted a video this month on YouTube and his own Web page, www.tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com , titled "How to Get Anything Through TSA Nude Body Scanners.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Seems like Justin Bieber will do just about anything to show off his sculpted abs -- even walk shirtless through a Polish airport for no apparent reason. File this one under the growing list of his unusual actions on the European leg of his "Believe" tour. The "Beauty and the Beat" singer took off his shirt in the car Monday on the way from his concert to the Wladyslaw Reymont Airport in Lodz, Poland, according to the Daily Mail. He walked shirtless into the airport and through the security gate, then got dressed before boarding a private jet, the newspaper said.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2011
Thanks for Jane Engle's terrific advice on travel credit cards and ATMs, etc. ["Cash or Credit? It Depends," More for Your Money, Feb. 27]. I would add that you should travel with more than one card and/or options and backups. I once traveled with a tour group in which one couple, on arriving at the airport in Casablanca, Morocco, lost their only card in an airport ATM. They were also traveling with little cash. Fortunately for them, people on the tour helped them financially.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Chris Megerian
The handgun that GOP assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security in 2012 was not registered to him, according to a police report reviewed by The Times. Donnelly told officers who questioned him that he had bought it five years before and never registered it in his name. The San Bernardino County lawmaker and gun-rights advocate pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public without a concealed weapons permit and possessing a gun in an airport.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Recent surveys reinforce what you already know and likely fume about: Fliers hate baggage fees more than any other fee tacked on to airfares. Travel booking website Fly.com confirmed that prevailing sentiment when it asked hundreds of its users about airline fees. But it also learned what perks fliers would be willing to pay for. That's where things get interesting. Far be it from me to encourage airlines to come up with more ways to squeeze consumers, but maybe passengers wouldn't feel so ripped off if they were paying for things they actually wanted.
TRAVEL
January 5, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: Each year half a million knee replacements are done in this country, and almost as many hip replacements. These metal implants almost always set off the alarm in the screenings (I know). But the screening of a traveler with an implant is quite variable. Why doesn't the Transportation Security Administration have a standard exam for us "bionic" travelers? R. E. Berg Newport Beach Answer: We've criticized the TSA for treating all of us as potential evildoers, and in an interview in December 2013, TSA administrator John Pistole said the agency was moving away from its one-size-is-the-right-size philosophy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a local congresswoman has called for improvements to airport security, including the permanent assignment of armed police officers near passenger screening checkpoints. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) also urged law enforcement officials to allow airport police to have access to all airport security cameras. "I believe these recommendations will play a vital role in ensuring that all travelers and airport employees are safe in our nation's airports," said Waters, whose district includes LAX. Waters made the request on Thursday in a letter sent to John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers at the nation's commercial airports.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of Homeland Security on Monday, capping a smooth approval process for the high-profile post. The former Pentagon general counsel will take office this week after a 78-16 vote, succeeding Janet Napolitano, who left in September to become president of the University of California system. An array of former officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, including all three former department secretaries, endorsed Johnson.
OPINION
November 7, 2013 | By Brian Michael Jenkins
The recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport has raised questions about how airport security can be improved, specifically, whether Transportation Security Administration airport screeners should be armed. In part, this reflects the natural tendency to examine every terrible event with a view of how to prevent its recurrence. But it also reflects the desire of Americans to create a risk-free society. From this perspective, a shooting with casualties like the one at LAX can only be the result of a failure of security, which therefore must be increased.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A boater who became stranded in the bay off New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport swam toward the tarmac, clambered over a security fence, walked across runways and reached an airline terminal, embarrassing officials in charge of the facility's security system. Daniel J. Casillo didn't even have to remove his jacket or shoes. According to media accounts of his odyssey Saturday night, which was first reported by the New York Post, the 31-year-old Queens resident was still wearing a bright yellow life jacket and dripping wet, with snails in his shoes, when he reached the Delta terminal in search of assistance.
NEWS
September 23, 2001 | This story was reported and written by Times staff writers Michael A. Hiltzik, David Willman, Alan C. Miller, Eric Malnic, Peter Pae, Ralph Frammolino and Russell Carollo
As 19 hijackers made their way along the concourses at three East Coast airports on Sept. 11, bent on executing the deadliest terrorist attack in history, they were subjecting the U.S. aviation security system to its most critical test. At almost every step along the way, the system posed no challenge to the terrorists--not to their ability to purchase tickets, to pass security checkpoints while carrying knives and cutting implements nor to board aircraft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that he believes the American public is not ready to accept the level of airport security that would be needed to prevent another attack like last week's deadly shooting at LAX . "We can search every car like a military checkpoint at gunpoint and make it impossible for [a shooting] to happen," Beck said. "But it would take days to get into LAX, and people are not ready for that. " "Neither am I," he added. On Friday, a Transportation Security Administration agent was killed and at least three other people were wounded when a gunman identified by police as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia opened fire at the entrance to a Los Angeles International Airport security checkpoint.
OPINION
November 5, 2013
Re "LAX shooting points up gaps in post-9/11 security," Nov. 3 Once again a shooting is being used by various vested interests to highlight the need for all sorts of new enhanced security measures and to point out "gaps" in security. This shooter could as easily have decided he had a grudge against Starbucks - would that point to gaps in security at coffee stores? Simply put, this is an individual with issues who had access to semi-automatic weapons and ammunition, period. There is only one gap here we should be discussing.
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