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January 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Transportation Security Administration rolled out PreCheck, the expedited security program for pre-screened fliers, this week at Los Angeles International Airport, the sixth airport in the nation to participate in the pilot program since it started last year. In an announcement Wednesday, the TSA said the program at LAX so far is available only to American Airlines frequent fliers at two checkpoints in Terminal 4. Here's how it works: Fliers who are U.S. citizens provide personal information and undergo background checks to qualify for traveler programs approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, such as Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.
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April 3, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Forgive the cynicism, but really, who cares why Army Spec. Ivan Lopez took a gun and killed three people and wounded 16 others at Ft. Hood, Texas, on Wednesday? Thursday's stories were filled with details about Lopez and his rampage: He was being treated for depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances; he had seen a psychiatrist recently and had been prescribed Ambien; he was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder; he served in Iraq but not in combat; he bought his weapon from the same gun store as fellow Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
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BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A program that lets preapproved air travelers zip through security lines will be expanded later this month to Delta Air Lines passengers at Los Angeles International Airport. The program, dubbed PreCheck and operated by the Transportation Security Administration, has been available for several months at LAX but only for passengers who fly American Airlines, one of the largest carriers at the airport. Starting April 24, it will be offered to Delta passengers as well, the TSA announced Friday.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles International Airport will soon be home to a center where travelers can sign up to get access to faster security screening lines. To qualify to use the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security lines, known as PreCheck, travelers have to get preapproved by the federal government by submitting background information. PreCheck passengers can keep their shoes, belts and coats on during the screening and don't have to unpack their computers or containers of liquids.
TRAVEL
October 20, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Here's the most amazing thing that happened the first time I used Global Entry for getting back into the country and speeding through security: nothing. In these days of governmental shutdowns and bipartisan squabbling, this Trusted Traveler program worked exactly right. It saved me time and significantly reduced my going-on-a-trip stress. Global Entry, which gives you Trusted Traveler status if you're approved, costs $100 for the airport equivalent of a five-year hall pass. If you're returning to the U.S., you don't have to wait in line to see a human in immigration or customs.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2002
The Washington Monument was scheduled to reopen this weekend after being closed since 2000 as part of a $10-million renovation that has included a new elevator, improved security screening and repair of exterior stones. For tickets, call (800) 967-2283 or visit reservations.nps.gov. Tickets are also available on site on a first-come, first-served basis.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're flying from Orange County's John Wayne Airport in the next few weeks, you might want to allow more time to get through security screening. Starting Wednesday, security checkpoints at Terminal B will be closed for the next two weeks while upgraded scanning machines are installed, an airport statement says. United and U.S. Airways passengers should still check in at the Terminal B ticket counter but then stroll over to Terminals A or C (about a five-minute walk)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2001
An American Airlines jet en route from Dallas to Honolulu was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday morning after the flight crew discovered a box cutter on a catering cart. On arrival at Gate 49A at LAX Terminal 4, the plane was boarded by airport police, who removed the box cutter. As a precaution, the flight's approximately 200 passengers were forced to disembark with their carry-on luggage and go through a security screening.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
The pair's split, like many high-profile break-ups, has been public and messy.  Mike and Ike, a staple at movie theater concession stands and grocery store check-outs, called it quits. The announcement came through the candy's Facebook page last week, and also announced on Tumblr and Twitter. "Yes, it's true," the announcement read. "We should have seen it coming. " Oh, the made-up heartache. With the stunt, the candy maker, Just Born Inc., which also makes Peeps and Hot Tamales, is pumping $15 million into a year-long advertising campaign, a spokeswoman confirmed -- a big jump from 2011 when the company spent $125,000 on advertising.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Concerned about the safety of airport scanners, a U.S. senator from Maine has introduced legislation that could force the Transportation Security Administration to commission an independent study of the machines. The bill was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican senator who has long questioned the safety of the scanners that use so-called backscatter technology to detect objects hidden under passengers' clothes. Collins said she was motivated to introduce the bill by the daughter of a constituent who had a miscarriage after undergoing an airport security screening.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | Wire reports
Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015. Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers. "This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB," baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.
NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A Pakistani immigrant was arrested at the Raleigh-Durham airport in North Carolina while attempting to travel to Syria to join the terror organization Jabhat al-Nusrah and provide the group with logistical support and medical supplies on behalf of Al Qaeda in Iraq, FBI officials said Tuesday. Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, of Cary, N.C., allegedly told an FBI confidential informant that he had wanted to travel to Syria since April to “help the mujahedin … in any way I can.” Sheikh, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., allegedly boasted that he was “serious” about wanting to become a martyr.
TRAVEL
October 20, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Here's the most amazing thing that happened the first time I used Global Entry for getting back into the country and speeding through security: nothing. In these days of governmental shutdowns and bipartisan squabbling, this Trusted Traveler program worked exactly right. It saved me time and significantly reduced my going-on-a-trip stress. Global Entry, which gives you Trusted Traveler status if you're approved, costs $100 for the airport equivalent of a five-year hall pass. If you're returning to the U.S., you don't have to wait in line to see a human in immigration or customs.
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Getting through airport security is rarely fast or pleasant,  so imagine what it's like if you're recovering from a war injury. To help those service members, the Transportation Security Administration has established the Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center Program. It's designed, the TSA website says, to “make the overall experience for the Wounded Warrior as simple and trouble-free as possible.” “It's something we have been working toward for some time,” said Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman who also has served in the Middle East.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A program that lets preapproved air travelers zip through security lines will be expanded later this month to Delta Air Lines passengers at Los Angeles International Airport. The program, dubbed PreCheck and operated by the Transportation Security Administration, has been available for several months at LAX but only for passengers who fly American Airlines, one of the largest carriers at the airport. Starting April 24, it will be offered to Delta passengers as well, the TSA announced Friday.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
The pair's split, like many high-profile break-ups, has been public and messy.  Mike and Ike, a staple at movie theater concession stands and grocery store check-outs, called it quits. The announcement came through the candy's Facebook page last week, and also announced on Tumblr and Twitter. "Yes, it's true," the announcement read. "We should have seen it coming. " Oh, the made-up heartache. With the stunt, the candy maker, Just Born Inc., which also makes Peeps and Hot Tamales, is pumping $15 million into a year-long advertising campaign, a spokeswoman confirmed -- a big jump from 2011 when the company spent $125,000 on advertising.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The Transportation Security Administration continued to expand a faster security screening program for air travelers who voluntarily submit background information by adding the initiative at airports in Chicago andWashington, D.C. The PreCheck program began Tuesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Chicago O'Hare International airports, bringing to 12 the number of airports participating in the program. Passengers qualify for the program by submitting background information either through an airline's frequent traveler program or through Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol initiative to speed up the process for international travelers to enter the country.
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Getting through airport security is rarely fast or pleasant,  so imagine what it's like if you're recovering from a war injury. To help those service members, the Transportation Security Administration has established the Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center Program. It's designed, the TSA website says, to “make the overall experience for the Wounded Warrior as simple and trouble-free as possible.” “It's something we have been working toward for some time,” said Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman who also has served in the Middle East.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The Transportation Security Administration continued to expand a faster security screening program for air travelers who voluntarily submit background information by adding the initiative at airports in Chicago andWashington, D.C. The PreCheck program began Tuesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Chicago O'Hare International airports, bringing to 12 the number of airports participating in the program. Passengers qualify for the program by submitting background information either through an airline's frequent traveler program or through Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol initiative to speed up the process for international travelers to enter the country.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Concerned about the safety of airport scanners, a U.S. senator from Maine has introduced legislation that could force the Transportation Security Administration to commission an independent study of the machines. The bill was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican senator who has long questioned the safety of the scanners that use so-called backscatter technology to detect objects hidden under passengers' clothes. Collins said she was motivated to introduce the bill by the daughter of a constituent who had a miscarriage after undergoing an airport security screening.
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