June 6, 2013 |
Under pressure from lawmakers and flight attendants, the Transportation Security Administration said it would indefinitely prohibit passengers from carrying small pocket knives on planes - a ban that began after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The decision is a dramatic reversal for TSA chief John Pistole. Two months ago he decided to lift the ban, saying the move would enable airport security officers to focus on bigger threats, such as explosives. Just days before the TSA planned to lift the ban April 25, Pistole said he was temporarily putting off the policy change to consider the comments and concerns of a security panel made up of pilots, flight attendants and other airline workers.
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 29, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals for drinking on the job, and suspending six more for failing to report the incident. The 14 marshals, who work out of the New York field office, were notified Friday and asked to turn in their weapons and credentials, TSA officials said. One probationary employee was terminated immediately. The rest can appeal. Federal air marshals are armed, nonuniformed officers who fly on commercial flights to protect travelers.
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.
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.
January 20, 2010 |
Erroll G. Southers, assistant chief of airport police in Los Angeles, said Wednesday morning that he is withdrawing his nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration. President Obama tapped Southers in September to lead the federal agency that helps protect airline passengers from terrorist attacks. In a statement, Southers said he is withdrawing because his nomination has become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. His confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who says he is worried Southers would allow TSA employees to join a labor union.