Ismael Cordova’s ‘nerve-racking’ trips through airport security
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who's been dubbed a serial stowaway was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to sneaking past Chicago airport security last year, boarding a...
Proposal would pay TSA screeners during government shutdowns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several lawmakers are pushing a proposal to make sure airport security screeners get paid during future government shutdowns.
The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Wednesday their legislation would require that all money from security fees on airline tickets go only for aviation security. It would let the Transportation Security Administration use the money to pay screeners during a break in TSA appropriations.
59 guns, inactive grenade found at Las Vegas airport in 2018
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Airport screeners in Las Vegas found 59 guns and an inactive grenade in passengers' carry-on luggage last year.
Figures released by the Transportation Security Administration show the total number of firearms found in carry-on bags at McCarran International Airport represented a slight drop compared with 2017, when 62 firearms were discovered. Nationwide, the trend went the opposite way.
Super Bowl fans endure long lines leaving Atlanta’s airport
ATLANTA (AP) — Travelers heading home from the Super Bowl were enduring waits of more than an hour to get through airport security on what city officials have called "Mass Exodus Monday."
The airport's general manager, John Selden, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wait times were about an hour-and-a-half Monday morning.
Government shutdown strains emerge in US air travel system
The strain of a 34-day partial government shutdown is weighing on the nation's air-travel system, both the federal workers who make it go and the airlines that depend on them.
Air traffic controllers and airport security agents continue to work without pay — they will miss a second biweekly paycheck on Friday — but high absentee rates raise the threat of long airport lines, or worse.
Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown
America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.
German union puts airport security strikes on hold for now
BERLIN (AP) — A German union that has called a string of disruptive strikes by airport security staff says it won't hold any further walkouts ahead of and during pay talks next week.
The ver.di union said it decided to put any further strikes on hold after employers signaled Thursday that they plan to make a "conclusion-oriented offer" at the next round of talks, scheduled for Jan. 23. It asserted that "the intensity of the strikes" contributed to that.
Delta says shutdown is costing $25M in January revenue
DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines expects to lose $25 million in revenue this month from the partial government shutdown that is also creating checkpoint delays and long lines at the airline's Atlanta hub.
Delta's revenue is more than $3 billion a month, so the setback isn't huge, and airline executives say overall travel demand remains healthy. Still, it contributed to a tepid forecast of first-quarter profit.
Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos
BERLIN (AP) — A strike by security staff at eight German airports on Tuesday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travelers.
The ver.di union called on staff at airports including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen to walk off the job between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time (0100 and 1900 GMT).
In Frankfurt alone where more than 1,000 security staff were participating in the strike, 570 flights were canceled and that across Germany up to 220,000 passengers may be affected.
No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown
ATLANTA (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.
Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos
BERLIN (AP) — A one-day strike by security staff at three German airports on Thursday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travelers.
The ver.di union called on staff at airports in Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart to walk off the job all day, leading to hundreds of flights being canceled.
The German news agency dpa reported that 350 flights were canceled at Duesseldorf, 142 at Stuttgart and 131 at Cologne-Bonn.
TSA employees work with no guarantee of paycheck
Berlin airport security staff strike disrupts flights
BERLIN (AP) — Security staff at Berlin's two airports are staging a strike that is causing disruption to flights.
The ver.di union called on staff at the German capital's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to walk off the job from 5 to 8:45 a.m. (0400 to 0745 GMT) Monday.
German news agency dpa reported that airlines including Lufthansa, Easyjet, Ryanair and Aeroflot canceled flights ahead of the walkout. Several flights were significantly delayed.
Airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work
NEW YORK (AP) — The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown .
Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential.
Germany: airport security returning to normal after scare
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say an investigation of suspected attempts to scope out operations at airports in Germany and France has not turned up any indications that an attack was being planned.
Police stepped up security at airports in southwestern Germany this week after two men were spotted apparently observing security checks in Stuttgart and authorities received a tip about online talk of attack plans. A similar sighting was reported at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.
UK teen jailed for 3 years for bomb hoaxes
LONDON (AP) — A British teenager has been jailed for three years after his bogus bomb threats led to school evacuations and an airport security incident.
George Duke-Cohan, 19, touched off panic in March 2018 when he emailed thousands of schools, warning about an explosive. The National Crime Agency says more than 400 schools were evacuated.
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Boise TSA spots 3 loaded firearms in carry-ons in 3 days
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say three men in a three-day period have tried to pass through Boise Airport security with loaded handguns in their carry-on luggage.
The Idaho Statesman reports the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers in a news release Thursday that it's prohibited to bring a loaded firearm on an airplane in carry-on luggage.
Mayor’s aides suspended for bypassing TSA airport security
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two top officials for the mayor of Cleveland have been suspended for bypassing airport security at the city-owned airport.
Police: Unaccompanied boy tries to board plane without pass
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy got through airport security in Atlanta without a boarding pass and tried to make it on a plane.
The Transportation Security Administration tells news outlets in a statement the boy tried to board a plane Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before authorities found him. The TSA says it wasn't a security breach because officers screened him.
The Latest: Fishermen in shark fin case to be released
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Indonesian fishermen accused of trying to smuggle shark fins (all times local):
A U.S. judge is allowing 10 Indonesian fishermen arrested in Hawaii to be released while a case accusing them of trying to smuggle sharks fins is pending.
According to court documents, they had been working on a Japanese boat and were headed home via Honolulu when airport security workers found shark fins in their luggage.
Program allows visitors past airport security without ticket
SEATTLE (AP) — The Port of Seattle, the governing body over Seattle's seaport and airport, is launching a new pilot program that will allow visitors past security at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without a boarding pass.
Port officials say local residents can apply for the SEA Visitor Pass pilot program starting this week. It will be the first time in 17 years that someone without a ticket can access areas of the airport beyond security.
Utah aims to prevent airport travel problems for residents
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state legislators are set to consider a proposal at a special session next month that would ensure state driver's licenses have a federally required gold star on the front, which would prevent residents from being turned away by airport security in the future.
Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts
MOSCOW (AP) — Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers.
Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.
Fervent Thai fans of Korean actor overstep airport security
BANGKOK (AP) — Extreme efforts by two Thai female fans to meet their South Korean idol have raised concerns about security procedures at Thailand's main airport.
The two women's misadventures were exposed when one posted photos on Instagram detailing how they got into the secure arrival zone at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport last Friday to greet South Korean soap opera star Lee Jong-suk face-to-face.
Woman breaches airport security, drives across runways
TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a woman breached security at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and drove her car across two runways.
Port Authority police say the 32-year-old woman followed an authorized vehicle through an open gate Tuesday morning, drove across the runways and then stopped and fled on foot.
Police tracked her down to a home in Moonachie and took her into custody. The woman's name has not been released.
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Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the Sinai Peninsula.
Design flaw in state-issued IDs may cause issues at airport
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah residents without a star on their state-issued driver's licenses may soon be turned away by airport security.
The Department of Homeland Security requires Utah drivers' licenses to have a little gold star on the top right corner, the Deseret News reported.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court says airport security screeners can't be sued over alleged mistreatment because they aren't law-enforcement officers.
Judges on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concede that their decision leaves people who are mistreated by screeners with limited legal options.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man tried to take a loaded handgun through airport security.
The News-Press reports that 23-year-old Joshua Lee Smith was arrested Thursday at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
The summer air travel season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, which could mean lengthy lines at U.S. airport security checkpoints. But you can use the faster lanes if you belong to an expedited screening program, which could essentially be free to join with the right credit card.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a temporary closure of an airport security checkpoint in Phoenix (all times local):
Police say they didn't make an arrest following an incident that resulted in the closure of a security checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Police say authorities checked an item found inside luggage that went through one of the checkpoints at Terminal Four.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government said Tuesday that it will upgrade airport security around the country and increase police powers in response to an alleged attempt to smuggle an improvised explosive device aboard a flight out of Sydney last year.
The government will spend 294 million Australian dollars ($222 million) on improving security equipment and staffing levels at all major city airports plus 13 regional airports, government ministers said.
Man arrested at airport with loaded handgun
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A man has been arrested at a Connecticut airport for trying to board a flight with a loaded gun.
State police say 39-year-old Matthew English of Torrington was detained Monday when Transportation Security Administration officers at Bradley International Airport discovered a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Teen caught with revolver at Roanoke airport
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says a 17-year-old was stopped at an airport security checkpoint in Virginia with a revolver in his carry-on bag.
A TSA spokeswoman said in a news release Saturday that an officer staffing the checkpoint X-ray monitor on Friday detected the .39-caliber revolver, which was not loaded.
TSA officials notified airport police, who confiscated the handgun and detained the teen for questioning.
Air travelers from the Eugene area who want to move a little faster through airport security will be able to apply for expedited screening at the Eugene Airport.
Security finds loaded gun at Chicago’s Midway airport
CHICAGO (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officials say they confiscated a loaded handgun this week from a carry-on bag at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
The .38-caliber weapon was spotted in a Las Vegas-bound passenger's luggage Monday during a security checkpoint screening. TSA officers say they found a bullet in the chamber of the gun and immediately notified the Chicago Police Department.
Police confiscated the gun and arrested the 52-year-old passenger on a local charge.
The Latest: Walker focused on school building safety
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker meeting with Republican senators (all times local):
Gov. Scott Walker says his approach to school safety will focus on making the buildings safe, much like how airport security was changed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Walker spoke to The Associated Press after a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Senate Republicans.
The Eugene Airport has added a third security screening lane to cut the time it takes for passengers to pass through security when the airport is busy.
The lane was installed exclusively to screen passengers who are enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited PreCheck program, airport officials said.
The city-owned Eugene Airport is typically busiest before 9 a.m., Assistant Airport Director Cathryn Stephens said.
Suspicious luggage comment prompts San Diego airport search
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a San Diego International Airport security checkpoint and a baggage area were searched and closed for almost an hour after a man about to leave on a flight made a suspicious comment about his luggage.
San Diego Harbor Police Sgt. Victor Banuelos said Wednesday that officers using dogs found nothing and that the man was detained because of his mental health.
Banuelos did not provide more information about what the man said and he was not identified.
Ex-Mississippi gov says he ‘forgot’ gun seized at airport
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says it was "nobody's fault but mine" that he took a loaded handgun in his briefcase through an airport security checkpoint in early January.
Barbour said Tuesday he will pay a fine after he was stopped and arrested Jan. 2 while boarding a flight from Mississippi to Washington, D.C. The gun was spotted in a TSA X-ray machine.
TV crew attempts to pass fake bomb through airport security
NEWARK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint.
Ex-officer gets probation for lying to carry gun on flights
BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston police detective has been sentenced to probation for lying to federal officials so he could fly armed on personal trips and allow a friend to avoid going through airport security.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says 53-year-old Bruce Smith was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation and fined $7,500.
Officer to be sentenced for lying to carry gun on flights
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police detective is set to be sentenced Thursday for lying to federal officials so he could take his gun on planes during personal trips and allow a friend to avoid airport security.
Sgt. Detective Bruce Smith faces up to a year of probation under the terms of a plea deal. He has also agreed to resign from the department and pay a $7,500 fine.
Starting Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or other ID, such as passport, to pass through airport security screenings for domestic air travel.
Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from some states may need more than a driver’s license for domestic flights.
Net neutrality keeps the web from running like an airport security line
Let’s talk about the end of net neutrality in terms of a hellscape everyone knows: airport security lines.
Lawmaker says she accidentally brought gun to Denver airport
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado state lawmaker arrested at Denver International Airport had a loaded handgun in her bag that was discovered by an airport security officer, police said Wednesday.
State Rep. Lori Saine "knowingly brought the handgun to the checkpoint" at the airport on Tuesday, according to a report written by Denver police officer Gregory Zimmerman. The report did not explain how he made that determination.
The Latest: Colorado lawmaker being released from jail
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado lawmaker arrested for allegedly bringing a gun to Denver's airport (all times local):
A Colorado state lawmaker arrested after an airport security agent found a loaded firearm in her bag is being released from jail.