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October 4, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Undercover agents carried fake bombs past security during inspections at Sonoma County's airport this summer, and the commercial air carrier, United Express, has been cited for numerous breaches, a newspaper reported. Officials found 28 violations by screeners at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport from 1990 to 2000, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.
August 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A passenger's stick of dynamite on a flight from Argentina to Houston exposed a weak link in aviation security: International airports are not always as secure as those in the U.S. The dynamite was discovered during a baggage search in an inspection station at George Bush Intercontinental Airport shortly after a Continental Airlines flight landed Friday.
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn led a group of the nation's mayors Thursday in calling on the House of Representatives to take quick action on an aviation security bill that would, among other things, federalize passenger and baggage screeners at the nation's airports. During a two-day trip to the nation's capital, Hahn urged House Republican leaders to take up and pass a version of the security bill already approved by the Senate.
September 15, 2001
I know from personal experience that it would have been very, very easy for the terrorists to get knives onto the airplanes that attacked New York and Washington. Every time I pass through airport security and my hand luggage is X-rayed, I am surprised that the technicians say nothing about the Swiss Army knife in my briefcase (or small day-pack when I travel abroad). While I carry it for the utensils (tweezers, corkscrew, scissors, etc.), in the hands of a terrorist such a pocketknife would certainly be a deadly weapon.
April 25, 2002
Re "Tighter Purse for Air Safety," editorial, April 21: Air safety has become a major issue after Sept. 11. Its importance is so huge that Congress has given the Transportation Security Administration more than $6 billion to spend on upgrading safety in airports. High-tech equipment is one of the resolutions that the TSA is considering, and why shouldn't it; after all, it does have $6 billion in spending cash. Yet there is some practical reasoning that can be used for tighter air security.
September 17, 2001
I found myself outraged after reading "Service Employees Fearful About Jobs" (Sept. 14), about the airport workers (skycaps, security screeners, wheelchair attendants, etc.) who may lose their jobs or may have to accept less lucrative positions to keep working. Huntleigh USA President Joe Tuero has announced that the approximately 50,000 employees they have working at airports across the country will not be getting paid for the three days the airports have been closed. Tuero and his fellow executives are paid handsome salaries and, of course, will probably not see their paychecks shortened by this tragedy.
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A coalition of U.S. Sikh groups said information it provided to the Federal Aviation Administration was used to draft new guidelines for airport security staffers, telling them not to harass turban-wearing travelers. Almost all Americans wearing turbans are Sikhs because the religion mandates the practice for men, along with beards. Some women also wear turbans. Sikh groups have accused airport workers of racial profiling since Sept. 11.
June 18, 1987
More than 20% of all concealed weapons found their way past airport security systems at 28 major airports tested by the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokesman for the agency said. While one of the airports subjected to the random tests discovered 99% of all hidden weapons, the airport with the worst record detected only 34% of the devices, FAA spokesman Fred Farrar said.
January 10, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The federal Transportation Security Administration is launching a one-year program at the nation's airports to allow ads on plastic security bins that hold objects as they travel through X-ray machines. Some of the ad revenue will go to the airports. The program was tested at LAX last year.
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