April 9, 2005 |
There is more turbulence at the agency charged with airport security: The Transportation Security Administration is losing its third director in as many years. TSA chief David M. Stone will leave the job in June, spokesman Mark Hatfield said Friday. No reason for the move was provided and no replacement was announced. The change comes as the new Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, is considering restructuring the entire department, which includes TSA.
June 12, 2011 |
Travelers usually try to get in and get out of Los Angeles International Airport as quickly as possible. Who wouldn't? But in their haste, here are 25 things they might have missed: Full-body scanners were deployed late last year after it was revealed that contraband items were slipping past Transportation Security Administration screeners. LAX has 22 of the big machines, each monitored by a worker in a separate room so the revealing images remain out of view. If a luggage scanner alarm goes off, a yellow bar on the monitor directs a TSA worker to the area in the luggage where the suspicious material is. Chocolate and cheese commonly trigger the machines, because the two foods have the same density as explosives.
May 13, 2013 |
After interviewing John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration , late last year, I renewed my determination to complete my Global Entry System Trusted Traveler application. That's a program that allows low-risk travelers to whisk through immigration. The real appeal for me - and for many people - is that it allows you some of the same privileges as those travelers who qualify for PreCheck , which the TSA describes on its website as "a pre-screening initiative that makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint.
September 30, 2011 |
It's a Thursday evening, and the landing lights of incoming LAX flights glow like torches from Westchester to the San Gabriels. Torch one, 200 lives suspended in air. Torch two, 500. Torch three, 350 awaiting their return to loved ones, bosses, business meetings, auditions and, for many, the soul-saving comfort of their own pillows. This high-wire act is more than just symbolic of the seventh-busiest airport in the world. It speaks to the risks involved, the importance of procedure, the crushing, timed-to-the-minute routine.
March 4, 2002
Even though it was a serious subject, I had to laugh at a part of your March 1 report, "Security Breach Closes Half of LAX." It stated, "Before the Transportation Security Administration assumed control, American Airlines maintenance employees would have checked security equipment, including magnetometers and X-ray machines . . . each morning." But since the Transportation Security Administration assumed control, "it is unclear whose job that is." This must be big government at its worst.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 |
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.