December 3, 2013 |
If you're strictly a domestic traveler and want to speed through airport security, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday will begin offering you a chance to join its PreCheck program. A center that will administer the TSA program is to open in Los Angeles by the end of the year, although it is not yet known where that will be. Previously, PreCheck was available to elite frequent fliers by invitation of the airline with which they had elite status or through Global Entry , a government program that allows expedited entry back into the country as well as faster airport screening.
March 8, 2013
Re "TSA to allow small knives on passenger planes," March 6 I wish to congratulate the highly intelligent folks who make decisions at the Transportation Security Administration pertaining to what passengers may carry on board airplanes. Allowing us to have small knives, golf clubs, pool cues and hockey sticks on board will definitely reduce the time we spend in the security lines, not to mention the added safety we passengers will feel. But be warned, all you thirsty people trying to smuggle a bottle of water through security: TSA agents will have more time to catch you. Dada Vaswani Hacienda Heights ALSO: Letters: What ails the state GOP Letters: Medicare works, so why change?
June 24, 2012
Re "TSA full-body scanners pose little risk, study says," June 11 The Times reported on an academic, peer-reviewed paper we coauthored. We'd like to clarify some points. Our study did not quantify the risk of backscatter security scans. The study estimated, using computer simulations, the radiation dose to individual organs. As stated in the paper, "Access to the machines for measurements and assessments is limited. " Therefore our models were based on measurements from a Johns Hopkins University study commissioned by the Transportation Security Administration, a limitation prominently discussed in our paper.
June 2, 2013 |
The "nude scanners" are gone. The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what looks like a nude image of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country. The 250 or so machines were removed about two weeks ago, before the June 1 deadline set by Congress. But privacy advocates aren't satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology. "They've never made a case that these scanners are better than using metal detectors or swabs to detect the use of explosives," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center that sued the TSA in 2010 over the use of all full-body scanners.
August 24, 2012 |
Sure, you can get a group of people riled up talking politics, but if you want to set off real fireworks, mention the TSA. That'll get 'em going. And perhaps partly because of that, the Transportation Security Administration has formed a passenger advocacy group. It's a subcommittee of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee. After an initial meeting earlier this month, it meets again Friday. This may sound very bureaucratic, but a couple of the advocacy group's members don't.
January 13, 2012 |
After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure generated by the machines at more than 100 airports nationwide. But the TSA does not plan to re-test the machines or the passengers. Instead, the agency plans to test its own airport security officers to see if they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while working with the scanning machines. News of the test leaked out after the TSA issued a request last month to government vendors to provide wearable, personal dosimeters that can detect if the radiation readings on TSA officers exceed dangerous levels.