February 9, 2014 |
A former Transportation Security Administration screener who dished dirt about the agency in a recent story was lying or describing long-abandoned practices. That was the agency's response to a story in Politico by former TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington. In the piece, Harrington described TSA agents at Chicago O'Hare International Airport who struggled with low morale, targeted travelers from specific countries for pat-down searches and poked fun at images created by full-body scanners.
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?
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.
January 28, 2014 |
Fliers who want to complete their enrollment in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program will be able to do so at at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting Thursday, according to a TSA announcement. The TSA will open an application center in LAX's Terminal 5 for folks who have already completed an online application. PreCheck expedites security screening at airports, allowing travelers to sail through security with shoes, belts and jackets on, and laptops and liquids kept inside their carry-on bags.
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.