August 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Most people can't wait to leave the airport once they've reached their destination. Douglas Thompson can barely tear himself away, which explains why Thompson, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, was perched happily on a bench in the aptly named Planeview Park one recent afternoon, watching jets roar into the sky from LaGuardia Airport's Runway 4. The bench is one of the few amenities in this park, a triangular acre where the roar of...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a $2.3-million Learjet was spray-painted with graffiti in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport, a crime that Los Angeles police said was gang-related. The jet, which was vandalized with black spray-paint spelling out "flame," "R.I.P. " and an unidentified initial on the left front fuselage, was parked in an overflow area of the tarmac near Maguire Aviation in the 7100 block of Valjean Avenue, said law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
Police believe gangs are responsible for a graffiti attack on a $2.3-million Learjet in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport. "This is a big deal to me, to have somebody who could get onto the airfield and who could do that kind of damage, that kind extensive graffiti to an aircraft, and not be seen," said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon. "I'm not happy about it. " Gannon, who said the culprit went to "great lengths" to access the airfield, said meetings have already taken place to discuss strategies to prevent future incidents, including parking aircraft where they will be more visible to airport security officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating an incident in which a $2.3-million Learjet was spray painted with graffiti in a secure area of Van Nuys Airport, a crime that Los Angeles police said was gang-related. The jet, which was vandalized with black spray paint spelling out "flame," "R.I.P. " and an unidentified initial on the left front fuselage, was parked in an overflow area of the tarmac near Maguire Aviation in the 7100 block of Valjean Avenue at the time of the incident, said law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
July 7, 2013 |
Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good a reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough. A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs, but are more accurate. The study, which was partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the experience TSA agents gain from searching for weapons and explosives in luggage makes them slower and more methodical at performing visual searches, not faster.
July 6, 2013
When taking a car trip with your kids, have them wear slip-on shoes. Otherwise, you'll spend time at every stop while they fish around for their shoes, untie them and retie them. M. Molen Oceanside When traveling through several states or countries, I take a picture of a license plate to help identify where I am when looking through hundreds of pictures. Sandy Hoaglund Valencia When traveling to Antarctica, select a ship that carries 100 or fewer passengers. Ships are allowed to disembark only 100 passengers at a time to protect the environment.
June 3, 2013 |
The interview for admittance into the Global Entry program was Monday (today) at the LAX Customs and Border Protection office. I learned some things that might help you if you hope to become a Trusted Traveler , especially about where, exactly, that Customs and Border office is, so keep reading. Previous blog posts have detailed some of the steps to getting into the program, which allows you to whisk through the Customs process when you return to the country. My goal, though, is to speed through airport security, which is a related benefit.
May 29, 2013 |
Airport security officers uncovered a record 65 firearms on passengers boarding planes last week, surpassing the previous record high of 50 guns. The Transportation Security Administration reported 54 of the guns found at airport security checkpoints around the country were loaded and another 19 had rounds chambered. The guns ranged from a snub-nosed revolver uncovered at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, to a 9-millimeter handgun at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and a musket at Orlando International Airport.
May 22, 2013 |
In tech, when you're the first to do something it's usually a good thing, unless you're the first person to lose a $1,500 Google Glass device. But that's exactly what purportedly happened to Luke Wroblewski, one of the early owners of Glass, which began shipping to developers last month who pre-ordered the device at the Google I/O conference last year. He shared the unfortunate news on Twitter. So according to @ googleglass support, I have the dubious honor of being the first person to lose a Google Glass.
May 8, 2013 |
Budget cuts won't force the closure of air traffic control towers during overnight shifts, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. But the federal agency said it is still uncertain whether it will be forced this summer to close towers operated by contractors at 149 small and medium-size airports, including several in Southern California. Budget cuts called for by the federal sequestration forced the FAA in April to furlough air traffic controllers for one day every two weeks.