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Future joys of air travel: Lie detector tests
4-6-2006  •  Daily Telegraph 
Millions of airline passengers travelling through Russia will soon have to take a lie detector test as part of new security measures. The technology is intended to identify terrorists and drug smugglers. It could revolutionise check-ins. [I'll sa 
Powell Gammill
Airliners to begin charging for every(little)thing
4-4-2006  •  Associated Press 
Ask for a pillow and blanket to help get through a long flight and you may be out of luck. Or you may be able to buy a "comfort package" from Air Canada for $2. Like to check your luggage curbside? That could cost up to $3 a bag. 
Powell Gammill
TSA mugs 83 year old handicapped woman at airport
4-2-2006  •  Rocky Mountain News 
Anyone could see that Bernice Bogart, 83, was a fragile woman. So when Bogart, who was in a wheelchair, was required by airport security to stand against doctor's orders and undergo a rigorous screening by a testy female screener, [her daughter] 
Powell Gammill
Sadly, Hooters Air has fallen flat
3-30-2006  •  The Sun 
After a three-year run, Myrtle Beach's homegrown airline, Hooters Air, is bowing out of regularly scheduled air service. The airline will cease its public charter flights April 17 and will run only private charters out of Winston Salem, N.C. 
Powell Gammill
Second scramjet launch in a week
3-30-2006  •  Agence France Presse 
Scientists in Australia have launched a supersonic scramjet engine into space for the 2nd time in a week, as they work towards building a device which could revolutionise air travel, reached an altitude of 200 miles and 4,700 miles/hour. 
Powell Gammill
Scramjet engine launched in Australia
3-25-2006  •  Agence France Presse 
A prototype engine that could ultimately lead to two-hour jet flights from Australia to Britain was launched in the South Australian outback, researchers said. 
Powell Gammill
Port and Airport in-Security Opinion
Necessary Evil
Port and Airport in-Security
Dave Gallagher
   While it has become popular to attack Dubai Ports World for risking US security, TSA takes the cake. Isn't it time for freedom and common sense?
Venezuela halts some US flights
2-26-2006  •  Reuters 
"INAC has exhausted all conciliatory avenues with the U.S. aviation authorities ... and has not been able to re-establish rights the bilateral accord gives to Venezuelan air carriers," the Venezuelan agency said in a statement. 
Powell Gammill
New Boeing 777
02-06-2006  •  Associated Press 
The twin-aisle jet is designed to carry 301 passengers up to 10,840 miles. The competing Airbus A340-500 has a flight range of about 9,980 miles, according to model specifications listed on the company's Web site. 
Ernest Hancock
Update 5: Global Flyer new records & emergency landing!
2-11-2006  •  Virgin Atlantic (real time view) 
World record for the longest solo flight in history and made a emergency landing at Bournemouth Airport, UK. He travelled 26,389.3 miles and had a flight duration of 76 hours 45 minutes. Just miles from his destination the generator failed, which mea 
Powell Gammill
TSA suspends police state air travel
2-10-2006  •  FOX News 
Security concerns have caused the government to suspend plans for an ambitious program to check every domestic airline passenger's name against government watch lists. "Secure Flight" has been troubled from the start. Strongly opposed b 
Powell Gammill
27,000 miles alone non-stop for world record
02-09-2006  •  CNN 
Despite some hair-raising moments, Fossett soared out over the Atlantic from a Kennedy Space Center runway Wednesday on a quest to break the nearly 25,000-mile (40,0000-kilometer) record for the world's longest aircraft flight. 
Ernest Hancock
No Right to travel: ID demand at airports not unconstitutional
1-27-2006  •  Associated press 
Airlines and the U.S government have the right to keep passengers from boarding planes if they refuse to show personal identification, a U.S. appeals court ruled. John Gilmore, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberti 
Powell Gammill
Own personal jet for $2 million; FAA not happy
1-19-2006  •  Reuters 
Called "microjets" or "very light jets," they've been likened to SUVs with wings. With 2 engines and seating capacity for 5 or 6 people, they cost half as much as the most inexpensive business jet now in service. 3,000 of the 
Powell Gammill
TSA: Be grateful we don't execute you on the spot
1-6-2006  •  Associated Press 
"I don't want to be on the list. I want to fly and see my grandma," the 4-year-old boy said. A ticket agent told his mom: "You're lucky that we're letting you through instead of putting you through the other process." 
Powell Gammill
US nabs man with 'suicide bomber' written in journal
1-5-2006  •  Reuters 
An airline passenger with the words "suicide bomber" written in his journal was arrested when his plane arrived in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, but the words appeared to refer to music, the FBI said. 
Powell Gammill
Whitewash continues: Lawyers Hired for Marshals Who Shot Plane Passenger
12-18-2005  •  Daily Business Review 
"Law enforcement traditionally has been supported when they use deadly force based on their belief that someone has a weapon," said Brian Tannebaum, FLA Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "No charges will be filed — you can put all yo 
Powell Gammill
US defends decision to let scissors back on planes
12-13-2005  •  Reuters 
"I'm going to think about legislation to [severely] limit what a person can carry on a commercial aircraft," said Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. 
Powell Gammill
DHS report admits air marshals 'overreacted' in airport shooting
12-12-2005  •  Capitol Hill Blue 
Although the department claims otherwise publicly, a confidential internal report within Homeland Security admits air marshals “overreacted” when they gunned down a Florida man at Miami International Airport last week. 
Powell Gammill
Passengers Detain Threatening Man On Honolulu Flight
12-12-2005  •  KITV (Hawaii) 
Passengers tackled and restrained Tizol when he lunged toward the cockpit. 
Powell Gammill
Air Travel: Comply and Submit — Or Die
12-10-2005  •  Birch Blog 
Assuming that McClellan's assessment is correct, and the summary execution of Mr. Alpizar by the tax-fattened drones grandly styled “air marshals” was carried out according to federal “protocols,” we no longer need to wonder whether terrorist sle 
Powell Gammill
Passengers Didn't Hear Alpizar Say 'Bomb'
12-9-2005  •  Reuters 
"The first time I heard the word 'bomb' was when I was interviewed by the FBI," McAlhany said. "They kept asking if I heard him say the B-word. And I said, 'What is the B-word?' And they were like, 'Bomb.' I sa 
Powell Gammill
30,000 fliers seek terror watch-list removal
12-9-2005  •  World Peace Herald 
Nearly 30,000 airline passengers in the past year asked the Homeland Security Department to remove their names from terrorist watch lists, and all but about 60 were successful, Transportation Security Administration officials said. 
Powell Gammill
US terror watchlist 80,000 names long
12-9-2005  •  Agence France Presse 
A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long, a Swedish newspaper reported, citing European air industry sources. 
Powell Gammill
Bombs not No. 1 Priority for TSA until Dec. 22nd
12-2-2005  •  Reuters 
Airline passengers soon will be allowed to take small scissors and screwdrivers aboard planes again, TSA chief Kip Hawley announced. Take effect Dec. 22 as a broader effort to spend more time searching for explosives. 
Powell Gammill
Vice-Emperor's New Bunker Flight Free
11-30-2005  •  Associated Press 
The FAA has imposed flight restrictions over Dick Cheney's new Maryland home, angering private pilots who say they can't fly overhead even when the vice president isn't around. 
Powell Gammill
TSA Would Allow Sharp Objects on Airliners
11-30-2005  •  Washington Post 
A new plan by the Transportation Security Administration would allow airline passengers to bring scissors and other sharp objects in their carry-on bags because the items no longer pose the greatest threat to airline security. 
Powell Gammill
'Posing a Threat to Civil Aviation'
11-17-2005  •  by Vin Suprynowicz ( 
Dawn Hansen is Nevada chairman of Mothers Against the Draft. Her husband, Christopher Hansen, served as chairman of last year's failed "Axe the Tax" tax-rollback petition drive. They're no wallflowers when it comes to voicing their 
Powell Gammill
Come Fly With Me…. Opinion
Theft is still theft, even by Government.
Come Fly With Me….
Barry Hess
   “Security or Freedom” seems to be the popular phrase of the day in regards to what our response to the attacks on America should be. Most will tell us that the two are mutually exclusive.
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