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Whose Knees Are These?

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By Jabari Asim

Fred Tomaselli: The Times

Fred Tomaselli: The Times

Lawrence Weschler

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Tag: Airport


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TSA Trap

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Live: LAX Shut Down After Shooter Kills TSA Agent, Wounds Others

A shooting at Terminal 3 of the nation’s third-busiest airport has closed the facility while authorities try to investigate what happened.

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Knives on a Plane

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Knives on a Plane

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TSA Relaxes Rules

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TSA Commissions Study of X-Ray Body Scanners

After months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to explore the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners.

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TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

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TSA Firings

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Libyan Rebels Retake Gadhafi’s Hometown Airport

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters on Thursday took complete control of the airport in ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown for the second time in as many weeks, witnesses said, despite continuous sniper and rocket fire from Gadhafi loyalists. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE

East Coast In for a Stormy Christmas

The weather calmed down in California on Friday, but things are about to get lively on the other side of the country, as heavy rainfall and snow are expected to hit the East Coast within hours, causing air travel cancellations just in time for Christmas.

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Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bad-Touched by TSA

How’s that touchy-feely thing working for you, TSA? It apparently doesn’t work for some Americans. Other headlines making their way onto this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” include GM’s IPO, tax break shenanigans and Afghanistan withdrawal confusion.

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TSA Grandparents

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Full-Body Scanners

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Poultry Pat Down

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New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE

Airport Rage, Animated

Taiwanese satire machine NMA World Edition has cranked out another timely animated play on a story making headlines over here in the U.S., and once again, we end up looking pretty silly. Surprise!

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE

These Body Scan Images Are the Opposite of Titillating

We’re told that the blur of white pixels in these 100 leaked body scan images represents people. What they’re using at airports now is of much higher resolution. Still, none of these images, like those taken at airports, were ever supposed to make it to the outside world.

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Flickr / Cordey

More Airline Merger Madness

Another day, another big merger in the skies: On Monday, Southwest Airlines announced that it had scooped up rival AirTran Airways, the second such acquisition this month after United and Continental joined forces.

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American Science & Engineering

Airport X-Ray Scanners Hit the Road

While debate continues in the United States over whole-body imagers, manufacturers of the technology are opening deeper opportunities for themselves elsewhere that could make the controversial machines an even bigger part of everyday life.

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European Flights to Resume—With Caution

Many grounded travelers and some airline industry officials disagreed with the halting of air travel across much of Europe last weekend due to the ashy work of Iceland’s now-infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and now it’s looking like some flights will be gearing up for takeoff on Tuesday.

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Icelandic Volcano Grounds Flights Across Europe

A volcano under the Eyjafjallajoekull (got that?) glacier in Iceland spewed a hefty cloud of ash into the air Thursday, turning airports across Europe into no-fly zones and leaving stranded travelers little hope of taking off until midday Friday or later.

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AP / Lionel Cironneau

El Baradei Returns to Egypt

With an almost rock-star return, Mohamed El Baradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has come back home to Cairo, greeted by an estimated 500 supporters. The crowd was so large it prevented him from leaving the airport.

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Wikimedia Commons / Floflo

Amorous Couple Caused Chaos at Newark Airport

We’re betting this scenario will wind up in: (a) a romantic comedy, and/or (b) a “ripped from the headlines” TV show at some point in the not-so-distant future. Last Sunday’s temporary terminal shutdown at Newark Liberty International Airport didn’t stem from an attempted terrorist attack or something similarly sinister.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Genitalia Bomb Threat

Thank goodness “The Colbert Report” is back on the air, and just in time to comment on the attempted airplane attack in Detroit on Christmas Day, which was nearly, er, pulled off by a new kind of dirty bomb. This, plus the prospect of full-body scanning in airports, leads Stephen Colbert to point out that terrorists may not stop at wiring explosives near their junk.

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Interrogation of ‘King Khan’ Sparks Outrage

This has to rank among the more embarrassing airport diplomacy blunders in post-9/11 America: U.S. immigration officials pulled Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh “King” Khan aside for questioning at the Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, failing to recognize the “King of Bollywood,” thus causing an international stir of a decidedly undesirable sort.

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Israel Blocks U.N. Envoy at Airport

There was no doubt as to Israel’s take on recent comments about Israeli-Palestinian relations made by United Nations official Richard Falk when he arrived Sunday at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, only to be denied entry and sent immediately back to Zurich.

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Political Crisis Puts Thailand on Hold

The Thai army is debating whether or not to intervene in a political standoff it helped launch some two years ago when it ousted then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Opponents of both Thaksin and the current PM have seized and shut down Bangkok’s two airports, a devastating blow to a country dependent on tourism.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008 READ MORE

Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security Report: LAX Vulnerable to Attack

With nearly 62 million passengers having traveled through its terminals last year, Los Angeles International Airport is the world’s fifth-busiest. Thanks to lax security practices, it’s also embarrassingly vulnerable to cyber attack, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

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Airline Fees

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Delta and Northwest Join in Airline Mega-Merger

As airlines around the globe struggle to navigate through tough times for the industry, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. have come up with their own possible solution. By Tuesday, the two companies had reached an agreement to join forces and create Delta, the world’s biggest airline.

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Airport Security Fails to Catch Bomb Components

While the rest of us have been struggling to survive air travel without our precious liquids and gels, federal investigators managed to sneak liquid explosives and detonators through airport security, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

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Craig Bitter Over His Treatment by Romney

Sen. Larry Craig has fallen out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, according to Craig (pictured), turned his back on the embattled Idaho senator after Craig’s infamous run-in with the Minneapolis police this summer.  In an NBC interview slated to air Tuesday, an embittered Craig said Romney “not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE

Star Simpson

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Not Exactly the Happiest Place on Earth

The Minnesota airport men’s room where Sen. Larry Craig tapped toes with an undercover policeman has become a tourist attraction, complete with gawking visitors—including women—posing for photos in front of the infamous stall.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Larry Craig
AP Photo / Troy Maben

And Then Again, Maybe Not

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is apparently not absolutely certain he will resign on Sept. 30 following the discovery of, and ensuing media blitzkrieg about, his June arrest in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  According to Craig’s camp, the embattled senator is considering his options, including the possibility of reversing his guilty plea.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE

Brits Bid Basra Cheerio

British forces have relocated to the Basra airport, leaving Iraq’s No. 2 city in the hands of Iraqis for the first time since the invasion. For many locals, it was a welcome withdrawal: “We are pleased that the Iraqi army are now taking over the situation. We as an Iraqi people reject occupation. We reject colonialism. We want our freedom,” one resident told the AP.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE

Sen. Craig’s Arrest Transcript Released

Two and a half months after his arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen. Larry Craig’s conversation at the scene of the incident with the policemen who apprehended him has been released.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE

Craig Goes Down the Tubes

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Larry Craig
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Denial Is Not a River in Idaho

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is working hard to disabuse the press and public of the notion that he has solicited or engaged in sexual activity with men, either at the Minneapolis airport or on other rumored occasions.  Regardless of the veracity of said rumors, Editor & Publisher wonders how the media missed the news of his Minnesota arrest almost three months ago.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE

Car on fire

Second Terror Plot in Two Days for UK

Two men have been detained for allegedly attempting to drive a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow Airport. Only a day before, two cars were found in London packed with explosives and nails. Britain’s national terrorism threat level remains “critical,” the highest possible.

Posted on Jun 30, 2007 READ MORE

FBI Foils JFK Bomb Plot

Four men, including a former cabinet minister from Guyana, have been arrested for plotting to bomb the jet fuel pipeline at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. They never got beyond the planning and research stage, but the FBI was able to gather fairly incriminating evidence. Once again, investigation and police work have managed to thwart terrorism where stealth bombers and tanks have failed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE

airport checkpoint

Bill Would Let Airport Screeners Unionize

An anti-terrorism bill making its way through the Senate would allow airport screeners to unionize. Republicans in Congress, ever the friends of working men and women, have fought against the provision, arguing that a screener union would threaten security and safety.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE

Bush T-shirt

Anti-Bush T-Shirt Deemed ‘Security Threat’

A traveler in Australia was stopped at an airport boarding gate when the attendant saw his T-shirt, which had an image of George W. Bush and the words “World’s #1 Terrorist.” Allen Jasson was told the shirt was offensive and a security threat and was asked to remove it. He didn’t, saying he would rather defend free speech than his airline fare.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE

UFO at O’Hare Experiences Heavy Delays

At least a dozen United Airlines employees reported seeing a flying saucer hovering over Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Nov. 7, and they’re upset that no one—from the FAA to their own company—is taking them seriously. One of the tower controllers summed up the generally disingenuous response to the sighting: “To fly 7 million light-years to O’Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE

Madrid bombing

Madrid Bombing Raises ETA Concerns

At least four people were injured when a car bomb exploded at the Madrid airport on Saturday. If the separatist group ETA is responsible, as the Spanish government has charged, the blast would signal the end of a cease-fire that began in March.

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