Differences over how to balance security needs with concerns over passengers' privacy had deadlocked negotiations since a 2004 deal on data sharing was voided by an EU court last year for technical reasons. An interim accord expires at the end
Because they didn’t beat her to a pulp, the TSA claims its "Officers" did not "Hassle Female Passenger with Toddler at Reagan National Airport over Sippy Cup." The agency needs a dictionary with "hassle" defined in words
The 20-hour flights of which the latest long-haul airliners are capable might seem very long to you - but imagine an aircraft able to fly nonstop for five years. That's exactly what the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has
Passengers travelling from the US will have to present their fingers as well as their passports at check-in from the end of next year, according to a senior security official. Michael Jackson, deputy secretary of the US department of homeland securit
Airlines and airports remain prime targets for extremists nearly 6 years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, but the U.S. government has yet to determine whether sweeping security proposals could ever be put into practice.
A man with a rare and exceptionally dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine by the U.S. government after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights earlier this month, federal health officials said Tuesda
Google and Microsoft are battling anew for online travellers with rival internet mapping services that provide vivid real-world views of major US cities.
One of the screening programs at issue is a computer-based system called the Automated Targeting System that is used by the Customs and Border Protection agency to rate the risk posed by travelers coming to and from the United States.
U.S. airlines, which already share the sky with corporate jets, are pushing to share their tax burden too. President George W. Bush is proposing to cut the amount passenger carriers such as American Airlines and Continental Airlines pay in federal
The U.S. Homeland Security secretary met with top European security officials to work out a new agreement to share airline passenger data for terrorism investigations. European governments are worried about protecting their strict privacy laws, a l
For more than eight hours, nearly 200 passengers sat in an American Airlines Boeing 757 jet on the tarmac in Midland, Texas. Their flight last month from Phoenix to Dallas had been diverted because of bad weather in the Dallas area. The snacks ran
Personal and financial records of 100,000 Transportation Security Administration employees were lost after a computer hard drive was missing. It contains the bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, names and birth dates of people who wo
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In a recent poll of international travelers, commissioned by Discover America Partnership, a coalition of US tourist organisations, 70 percent of respondents said they feared US officials more than terrorists or criminals. (Well, I think they are sa
On March 20 investors breathed a sigh of relief when the U.S. Department of Transportation gave conditional approval to British entrepreneur Richard Branson's startup Virgin America Airlines to begin serving customers.
Janet Tucker, a uniformed flight attendant, was arrested at Dulles International Airport for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight arriving from Atlanta. The Transportation Security Administration, the FBI and other law enforcement a
The European Union accused the United States of giving about 23.7 billion dollars (18 billion euros) in non-repayable aid to aircraft maker Boeing since 1990, in evidence to a WTO dispute panel.
The United States plans to ease passport requirements for teenagers and children crossing between the United States and Canada in an attempt to defuse complaints that new security rules will throttle cross-border visitation.
The federal takeover of checking passenger names against terrorist watch lists, a top priority for aviation officials since the 2001 terrorist attacks, is not expected to be complete until 2010, more than five years behind schedule, a top Department
After being stuck for 11 hours on a parked airplane during a snow and ice storm, JetBlue passengers found out there's nothing they can do about it. There are no government regulations limiting the time an airline can keep passengers on grounded a
The pilot braked hard on landing then quickly accelerated to knock the man down so travellers could pounce on him, Spanish officials said today.
Cameras fitted to seat-backs will record every twitch, blink, facial expression or suspicious movement before sending the data to onboard software which will check it against individual passenger profiles.
Yoeli already has gotten a rudimentary vehicle off the ground — about three feet — and hopes to see a marketable version of his X-Hawk flying car by 2010. Although his dream might seem far-fetched, Textron's Bell Helicopters is taking a seriou
As today’s story in the Times shows, the “worst-case scenario” we predicted has already been realized. It’s time to end the DHS’s extra-judicial and unconstitutional interference with internationally recognized human rights to freedom of travel.
As of today, another freedom went down the drain. You need a passport to reenter the US, even if you visited the terrorists havens of Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, etc. Here's a history of their developmentEntered By: Jean Carbonneau
The Bush administration said it will launch a new travel security system next month designed to deal with the problem of innocent travelers mistakenly identified as being on U.S. no-fly lists. [getting off is not just for congress anymore]
An MD-10 cargo jet equipped with Northrop Grumman's Guardian anti-missile system took off to start operational testing and evaluation of the laser system designed to defend against shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles during takeoffs and landing
Several travelers complained they had to kick loafers or heels off anyway, even after standing in a kiosk that reads their biometric information and uses radio waves to test for explosives and metal. The scanners are part of a new program.
In what’s being hailed as a landmark post-9/11 verdict, a Boston jury has ordered American Airlines to pay a computer consultant $400,000 for suspecting him of being a Middle Eastern terrorist. "They thought they could walk into that courtroom a
The House of Representatives could approve an aviation-security measure Tuesday that would require all cargo on passenger planes to be inspected for bombs. Industry groups that warn that it could prevent quick delivery of vital goods.