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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Kate Mather
When Congress formed the Transportation Security Administration two months after 9/11, the agency's mission was clear: Its officers would not carry guns or make arrests. Instead, they would focus on screening passengers for weapons, bombs and other dangerous materials. But the shooting death of a TSA officer at Los Angeles International Airport - the first fatality in the agency's history - could change that. On Monday, the union representing 45,000 federal security agents called for the creation of a class of armed TSA officers with law enforcement training and the authority to arrest people.
November 4, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
LAX police and the federal Transportation Security Administration are reviewing protocols in the wake of the shooting Friday that left a TSA agent dead and several other people wounded. At a news conference over the weekend, TSA Administrator John Pistole said his agency's review will include the question of whether its agents should be armed (they are not presently). “We will look at what our policies and procedures are and what provides the best possible security," he said. A review is also planned at LAX. Experts have long said that lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport's public areas.
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Kate Mather
The president of the union representing more than 45,000 Transportation Security Administration agents urged Congress and the agency on Monday to create a new class of officers that would be armed with weapons. J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 45,000 Transportation Security Administration agents, said that the "sad truth is that our TSA officers are subject to daily verbal assaults and far too frequent physical attacks while performing their security duties.
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