September 23, 2001 |
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.
August 1, 2009 |
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.
August 26, 2012 |
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.
March 11, 2012 |
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.
April 3, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1999
Re "For Safer Skies, More Ground Security," Commentary, Jan. 17: Oh please, that's all the traveling public needs--jackbooted special forces members wandering LAX's terminals looking for things and people that don't exist. There has never been a domestic plane crash caused by terrorism. More air travelers have died from accidents caused by pilot error and mechanical malfunctions than all air terrorist acts combined. I fly all the time and assert that the harassing security procedures the traveling public endures are humiliating, degrading and time-consuming.