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Transportation Security Administration Agent Tested Positive for 2019 Novel Coronavirus; Causes Closure of Main Security Checkpoint for Hours at Atlanta Airport

The main security checkpoint of the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is now open again — with wait times of fewer than 15 minutes — after it was shut down for several hours for cleaning earlier today, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 due to an agent of the Transportation Security Administration testing positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

The closure of the main security checkpoint was…

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Airline Ticket Security Fees Set to Increase by More Than Double

Get ready to pay more in security fees on your airline ticket if you are traveling to, from or within the United States effective as of July 21, 2014. “This increase is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013”, confirmed FlyerTalk member TSAPressSec — also known as Ross Feinstein, who is the press secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and an official company representative on FlyerTalk. “The law restructures the fee limitation from up to $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight (capped at $5 per one-way trip), to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip.” At first glance, you might be thinking that…

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New Exit Portals at Airports: “Detention Pods”?

If you are like me, you cannot wait to leave the secure area of an airport after the conclusion of your flight and have collected your belongings. You might say that with the speed at which I walk — developed from navigating the streets as a native New Yorker — this weblog should probably be called The Gait…but my speed will be interrupted — if only momentarily — upon my egress from the secure area of an airport with the installation of futuristic exit portals. One of the first airports in the United States to have installed four of these exit portals…

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Federal Air Marshal Arrested: Accused of Photographing Up the Skirts of Female Passengers

Adam Joseph Bartsch — a federal air marshal for the United States — was arrested yesterday morning after being caught by an eyewitness allegedly photographing up the skirts of female passengers with his mobile telephone as they boarded an airplane operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3132 at Nashville International Airport, according to a report by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The unidentified eyewitness reportedly…

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Should Vehicles Be Searched By Valet Parking Attendants?

Some rather disturbing recent news out of Rochester suggests that in an attempt to protect everyone at Greater Rochester International Airport, the valet parking attendants are apparently inspecting the vehicles they park under the “orders” of the Transportation Security Administration…and the cars are searched twice: once at…

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TSA Pre✓ to Be Expanded to More Passengers — For a Fee, Of Course

Will passengers be clamoring to pay $85.00 for five years of the Pre✓ program offered by the Transportation Security Administration of the United States? I have used Pre✓ as an elite member of a frequent flier loyalty program, and I must say that it was nice speeding through LaGuardia Airport in New York in fewer than two minutes. No taking off my shoes. No waiting for the passenger in front of me to get his or her act together before going through the airport security checkpoint. No need to “opt-out” and get groped because a walk-through metal detector is used instead of a millimeter wave or backscatter scanning device. I thought it was great, saying to myself that this is the way one should get through an airport security checkpoint…until I realized…

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Study: Low Radiation Risk From Backscatter Scanning Machines?

A report released last month by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine suggests that passengers absorb less radiation from backscatter scanner machines at airport security checkpoints than they do while standing in line at the airport waiting to be scanned and would need to be scanned greater than 22,500 times — you would need to pass through an airport security checkpoint twice per day every day for almost 31 years to receive that many scans — to reach the standard maximum safety yearly dose limit as determined by both the American National Standards Institute and the Health Physics Society. The 24-page report documents…

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