November 17, 2001 |
The airport security legislation that President Bush plans to sign Monday has the potential to plug holes in today's porous air transportation system, but many of its deadlines and other provisions are grossly unrealistic, security experts say. And while the hastily drafted legislation, which received final congressional action Friday, provides a blueprint for reform, it leaves some decisions on how reform will be carried out in the hands of a federal agency that does not yet exist.
October 16, 2001 |
Despite a visible tightening of aviation security since Sept. 11, the federal government has preserved a policy that experts say makes domestic flights vulnerable to bombs in the luggage compartment. Two years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration rejected recommendations by a 1996 White House commission that checked luggage be barred from domestic flights unless it is matched with a passenger actually aboard the plane.
October 16, 2001 |
Don Mauras sidled up to the U.S. Army's Homeland Defense table at the Orange County Convention Center and pocketed two complimentary guidebooks on the medical response to biological and chemical casualties. Mauras is not a doctor, nor even an emergency preparedness buff. He's an airport architect for the New Orleans Aviation Board. "I'm going to give it to my safety guy," Mauras said. "You never talked about biological and chemical stuff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2001 |
Increased security at local airports after the allied bombing of Afghanistan coincided Monday with the return of near-normal levels of travel--leading to the longest lines at airline ticketing counters since the air transportation crisis began a month ago. Lines stretched for blocks at Los Angeles International Airport and other regional facilities, and delays rivaled those experienced in the days immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
September 16, 2001 |
Flying didn't seem to get much easier for most U.S. travelers Saturday, with bomb scares, packed terminals, new security rules and spotty flight schedules plaguing efforts to return a sense of normality to air travel. Airport security announcements about not leaving baggage unattended in terminals--an all but ignored staple of airport routine before Tuesday--produced hosts of sightings by passengers and ground crew members on the lookout for every stray suitcase and package.
September 15, 2001 |
Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport waited up to three hours to reach their departure gates Friday, as the nation's commercial aviation system lurched back into operation. Even after reaching their gates, travelers had no assurance that they would be taking off. Many airlines weren't flying yet, and the big five that were--American, United, Delta, Northwest and Southwest--offered limited schedules.