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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | By Dan Weikel
Retired Rear Adm. David M. Stone, who once headed the Transportation Security Administration and was the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport in the critical months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has died. He was 57. Stone's untimely death occurred over the weekend, several days after attending an awards ceremony for TSA employees in Arlington, Va., agency officials said. He had traveled to the event from his home in Bangalore, India, where he worked for Cisco Systems Inc. as a senior executive in charge of safety and security.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Kate Mather
How best to station armed law enforcement officers at airports was the focus of a congressional hearing at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, one of several reviews of the emergency response to November's shooting rampage that left a federal security agent dead. During a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, contrasting views were presented in the aftermath of a decision at LAX early last year to shift police from fixed positions at passenger screening areas to roving patrols.
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NATIONAL
April 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. “It may be time to reduce security,” said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who co-authored the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm
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.
OPINION
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Hart and Norman Augustine
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the Hart-Rudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures. " We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. "It may be time to reduce security," said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who wrote the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. "It may be time to reduce security," said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who wrote the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
OPINION
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Hart and Norman Augustine
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. "Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century," the Hart-Rudman Commission said. "In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures. " We added: "Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
With the Transportation Security Administration, there is almost always a method to the madness. For instance, fliers who found themselves standing out on the runway after the LAX shooting last November should have been relieved that they were out of harm's way, TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. "That's a good thing," the 12-year-TSA veteran said, noting authorities had no way of knowing whether the attacker was trying to herd passengers into an ambush at more vulnerable drop-off points.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating whether to fine several airlines that left passengers stranded on flights for more than three hours after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The Nov. 1 shooting, which killed a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounded three other people, delayed 15 L.A.-bound flights, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Eleven of those flights were domestic routes that were delayed on airport tarmacs for at least three hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
The Transportation Security Administration suspended Verified Identity Pass Inc. from enrolling travelers in its pre-screening program after a laptop containing the records of 33,000 people went missing. The company, based in New York, lost possession of the laptop July 26 at San Francisco International Airport. The laptop contained unencrypted pre-enrollment records of individuals interested in joining the program, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday in a statement.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older)
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
That loose change that you dump into the plastic bins at the airport security checkpoints may not seem like much but it adds up. And now Washington is wrestling with the question of what to do with the change you leave behind. In fiscal 2012, the change collected at airports across the country added up to about $531,000, with about $32,000 of that coming in foreign currency, according to the Transportation Security Administration. At Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's third busiest airport, passenger change added up to nearly $22,000 in the last fiscal year, according to the TSA. The TSA has been putting the money into its “aviation security fund” to translate airport signs into different languages, among other overhead costs.
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