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December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
December 6, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has begun offering PreCheck, the airport screening program that lets pre-approved travelers get through security faster. The Transportation Security Administration program is now in place at 103 airports across the U.S.; there are more than 450 commercial airports. In the Los Angeles area, LAX , Ontario , Long Beach , John Wayne/Orange County already have the program. That means travelers at those airports, if they are members of PreCheck, do not have to remove shoes, belts or jackets and can keep their liquids (still no more than 3 ounces)
December 4, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The 23-year-old man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a screener and injuring three others, is scheduled to be arraigned in court Wednesday. At the 11 a.m. hearing, a judge will ensure Paul Anthony Ciancia has been apprised of his rights, seen the criminal complaint filed against him and has an attorney, according to officials. He will not, however, be asked to enter a plea. Ciancia, a New Jersey native living in Los Angeles, has been charged with the murder of a federal officer and commission of violence at an airport.
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Those nickels and dimes left behind by harried passengers at airport checkpoints sure add up -- to about $500,000 a year. But rather than let the Transportation Security Administration continue to use the unclaimed money to fund its operations, the House on Tuesday voted to turn it over to nonprofit groups such as the USO to provide airport rest areas for members of the military and their families. The TSA Loose Change Act, which passed on a voice vote, heads to the Senate.
December 3, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
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.
December 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The man accused in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday, federal prosecutors said. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, will not be asked to enter a plea at the 11 a.m. arraignment at the Rancho Cucamonga jail facility where he is being held, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. Rather, a judge will ensure Ciancia "has been apprised of his rights, has seen the criminal complaint filed against him, and has an attorney," officials said in a statement.
December 1, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
I thoroughly enjoyed the piece on Union Station ["A Set for Past and Future," by Christopher Reynolds, Nov. 24] and wonderful pics by Mark Boster. It brought back long-ago memories of when my family came to California by train in 1965. My dad was offered a management position in his company if he moved from Chicago to L.A. He loaded up his three sons and one daughter, and for three days and two chilly nights we rode toward the West. We finally landed in downtown Los Angeles at beautiful Union Station.
December 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
At more than 100 airports across the country, you get a chance to go through a special screening line without having to remove your shoes, belt or coat, and you can keep your computer in its carry-on bag. But being selected to use the Transportation Security Administration's so called PreCheck lines is never guaranteed, even if you meet all of TSA's conditions. That is because the TSA randomly removes a number of qualified passengers to prevent terrorists from gaming the system. How can you improve your chances of being picked to use the PreCheck lines?
November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Cindy Chang
A lifelong Raiders fan is crediting his training as a Marine for his life-saving reaction to a woman who jumped from a ledge at Oakland Coliseum over the weekend. Out of the hospital and recovering, Donnie Navidad, 61, told local media he felt obligated to try and catch the woman after she leapt from third-floor seating onto a second-floor concourse about 45 feet down. “When you react to something you react without any hesitation at all and you just do what you got to do,” Navidad told KTVU.
November 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Amardeep Singh is a typical American guy -- born in New Jersey, raised by a soccer mom, die-hard Yankees fan, player of fantasy football, married with two kids, attorney. Yet almost every time he travels, he said, he is pulled over by TSA agents for a secondary screening. Why? Singh is Sikh. For religious reasons, he wears a turban. And the turban makes TSA agents nervous. Most times he flies, said Singh, agents pat down his turban and swab his hands for traces of chemicals.
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