Nearly two years before the fatal crash of Comair Flight 5191, a control tower supervisor at the Lexington airport reported staff shortages in the tower that "can cost lives." The airport's radar system wasn't working properly but t
Investigators say it only took a moment: The lone traffic controller at Blue Grass Airport cleared a flight for takeoff, then turned his back to handle administrative work. What the controller didn't see was the Atlanta-bound jet heading down the
Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn't want her to know he'd packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said.
US and European authorities, looking for more tools to detect terrorist plots, want to expand the screening of international airline passengers by digging deep into a vast repository of airline itineraries, personal information and payment data.
As the man approached the airport security checkpoint here, he kept picking up and putting down his backpack, touching his fingers to his chin, rubbing some object in his hands and finally reaching for his pack of cigarettes, even though smoking was
European ministers said that they will explore requiring uniform airport security checks, identifying passengers by fingerprints or other physical distinctions and exchanging information on everyone flying in Europe to combat terrorism in the skies.
Fighter jets were on hand to possibly shoot down a London-to-Washington, D.C., flight diverted to Boston’s Logan airport after the pilot declared an emergency because an claustrophobic passenger caused a disturbance, federal officials said.
Two F-15s were sent from Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod to escort the airliner. Master Sgt. Anthony Hill said the fighter pilots can intercept, shadow or escort commercial aircraft and, if ordered, shoot down an aircraft deemed to be a thre
Crashes of drone planes flying over the USA are worrying pilots and lawmakers who fear that a surge in interest by federal and local agencies to use the unmanned aircraft could lead to danger in the skies.
A London-to-Boston flight was called back to Heathrow Airport on Monday after U.S. authorities discovered a passenger's name was on their "no-fly" list, officials said. Four passengers were being questioned by border control officers.
[Think fuel prices are raising air fares, just wait.] Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will carry out tests on civilian airliners with laser defense systems designed to misdirect hand-held, shoulder-fired missiles. $6 billion systems for 6,800 airlin
A case report illustrates how someone being treated with radioisotopes may be sufficiently radioactive for several weeks to set off radiation detectors at airports. "Patients receiving radioactive isotopes should be warned that they may trigger
Next month, for the first time in public, members of the original Bell Aerospace rocketbelt team are meeting modern day rocketbelt engineers, builders, and pilots from around the world—enthusiasts that are keen on keeping the dream alive and high-fly
The Department of Homeland Security must take steps to curtail the repeated interrogation of people at international airports or border posts simply because their names resemble those of terror suspects. The problem, the report says, is not that c
The nation's aviation security chief says Congress should lift a ban on passengers carrying lighters on airplanes because screeners are spending too much time looking for lighters instead of bombs. "The lighter ban does not add to securit
Federal air marshals say their guns are loaded with bullets capable of running through more than one person, metal doors and thick glass -- too much firepower for an airplane. "Not only is the person getting shot in danger, but everyone on the p
Oil prices of $100 a barrel or more are a possibility that would seriously threaten airlines, said a International Air Transport Assoc. chief economist. "It is fear that takes fuel prices up. If there is a disaster in the Middle East and a real
A government lab is testing a "very promising" new machine that would allow airline passengers to keep their shoes on while going through security checkpoints, the nation's aviation security chief said.
The report also found the service's policy banning marshals from criticizing the service too broad, expressing concern that it was being used "as a retaliatory mechanism against those who vocalize legitimate concerns'' about the serv
The Airbus A380 "superjumbo" is the largest civil aircraft ever built. Designed to carry 555 passengers in a three-class arrangement. A planned stretched version would carry 656 passengers, all-economy-class configuration, more than 800 pas
5 airline passengers speaking in foreign languages and carrying "aircraft flight materials" were detained for hours Saturday until authorities determined they were simply returning to their home countries after attending a US helicopter tra
For Wesley Britton, signing up to have his irises scanned at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport was an easy decision. Being able to avoid long passport lines can often mean the difference between making or missing a connecting flight.
Authorities boarded an American Airlines plane and detained 5 men after it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport. The plane was bound from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport when an air marshal notified authorities of 5 men he considere
The airlines have come up with a new answer to an old question: How many passengers can be squeezed into economy class? A lot more if standing-room-only "seats" are installed.
Health experts, airlines and civil libertarians are demanding that the government reconsider proposed quarantine rules that would battle an avian flu pandemic by detaining sick airline and ship passengers.
A Marine reservist returning home after 8 months in Iraq was told he couldn't board a plane to Minneapolis because his name appeared on a watch list as a possible terrorist. "A guy goes over and serves his country fighting for 8 or 9 months,
A Texas jury has awarded $27.5 million to a woman who says Southwest Airlines flight attendants had her arrested in 2003 because they were overly aggressive in enforcing post-9/11 security. The case against Samantha Carrington, a US citizen born in
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
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.
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]