May 1, 2003 |
The Transportation Security Administration announced plans yesterday to eliminate 3,000 more airport screening jobs by the end of September, to comply with congressional demands to limit staffing and save money. The cuts, coupled with 3,000 others announced in March, amount to about 11 percent of the screeners employed. None of the reductions would occur at Philadelphia International Airport. The moves, which will save an estimated $280 million, will not diminish security, though it is possible they could add some time to the screening process, said Transportation Security Administration director James Loy. A 10-minute-wait limit is still the goal, he said.
November 12, 2014 |
With Thanksgiving around the corner and nearly 25 million travelers expected to take to the skies for the holiday, the Transportation Security Administration is asking fliers to check their pockets, luggage, and handbags before arriving at airport security checkpoints. No grenades - real or fake. No drills or saws. No knives or blades. No toy guns or ammunition. No pepper spray or hammers. No baseball bats or hockey sticks. Leave the brass knuckles at home. Knitting needles are OK; a corkscrew with a blade is not. The ban on small knives and other sharp objects on planes has been a reality for travelers since after the Sept.
February 24, 2004 |
Starting today, passengers at Philadelphia International Airport must display airline boarding passes and photo identification before going through security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday. Previously, passengers were not required to get a boarding pass before the security checkpoints, but did need a government-issued photo ID to get on a flight. Photo IDs, typically a driver's license or passport, are required of all passengers 18 or older.
August 7, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - A terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport was briefly shut down Sunday after officials discovered that a passenger had passed through a security checkpoint without being properly screened. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said the breach occurred in Terminal C around 10 a.m., causing a lockdown there that lasted about two hours. Operations at the airport's two other terminals were not affected. The breach caused numerous flight delays and required the rescreening of all passengers in the terminal.
March 30, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. - Twenty-six baggage screeners at Newark Liberty Airport were fired or suspended recently as part of an investigation into lax security procedures, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday. Three screeners were fired and 23 others were suspended at the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings this week. Seventeen of those suspended had initially been targeted for firing. That brought the total number of firings to four and the total suspensions to 32 since the TSA announced the investigation in October.
June 18, 2002 |
Port of Philadelphia and Delaware River organizations yesterday were awarded $1.25 million from the federal government to improve their defenses against terrorism. The money, which is part of $92 million in security-related awards announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday, includes: $850,000 to the Delaware River Maritime Enterprise Council Inc. for a project related to cargo container tracking at the port. $250,000 to the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay Inc. for a project related to port access control to the region's marine terminals.
February 11, 2004 |
Philadelphia International Airport's security chief has been fired, as expected, two months after he was put on paid leave over concerns that he improperly hired his son-in-law. James B. Golden Jr. "failed to adhere" to hiring policies and "exercised poor judgment," the federal Transportation Security Administration said in a statement released yesterday. On Monday, Golden, 53, said the agency told him he was being fired for hiring his son-in-law as a supervisor managing the night-shift security screeners.
December 7, 2013 |
Airports across the country have sued to block a new Transportation Security Administration directive that requires them, starting Jan. 1, to begin guarding exit security doors as passengers leave flights and head for baggage claims. The agency, created in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, said the change will save $88.1 million a year. The TSA wants its workers to focus on screening passengers and baggage, and said exit-lane monitoring is an airport function.
May 25, 2007 |
Leave the kitchen sink at home. The Transportation Security Administration - which actually seized a kitchen sink a passenger once tried to bring on an airplane - is renewing its call for summer travelers to learn before arriving at an airport what is allowed past checkpoints. Your fellow passengers will thank you, TSA officials say, because, if you don't know the rules, it can slow down the security lines for everyone. TSA screeners have seen an uptick this month in passengers who apparently fly infrequently and haven't heard that most liquids, aerosols and gels, and a long list of other items, are banned from commercial airline flights, TSA spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.
January 2, 2004 |
New Year's Day travelers didn't seem concerned that Philadelphia's airport security chief had been suspended for a string of alleged security lapses, despite the nation's state of high alert. Security appeared tight at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday. Bags and tickets were checked. Drivers were warned as they arrived that their cars could be searched. But passengers and those waiting for them, were, well, kind of relaxed. "I'm not really worried," Lilly Schofield, of Bridport, Vt., said as she sat comfortably on a green leather couch with a friend.