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Governments Should Pay For Extra Security. Governments should meet the costs of extra security imposed at airports since British police said they had foiled a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, the International Air Transport Association said on Saturday. Aug 20, 2006

Hand lbaggage is all the talk at the present time and surprisingly the luggage manufacturers (and their PR people) have been very slow off the mark in promoting their products that meet the new specifications. Most regular travelers (and not regular too) are going to have to have a look at their normal carryon case and decide if it is legal. Otherwise it's down to the shops. The cabin bag must be no bigger than 45cm wide x 35cm long x 16cm deep/high (17.7" wide [yen] 13.7" long [yen] 6.2" deep/high), including wheels, handles, side pockets - equivalent to a small laptop bag or rucksack. We've heard from the representatives of Fiorelli who are promoting Maisie range featuring a detachable shoulder strap, back and front zip pockets not to mention various interior pockets (45 x 30 x 15). Lambretta (left) has a selection of satchel bags for men that fit comfortably round the shoulder with an adjustable strap and come in muted colors including chocolate, black and khaki (40 x 30 x 10). JanSport provide the 'Paris' bag which features one large main compartment with an organizer under the flap to stash all of your travel goodies and a pocket on the back panel for your mobile phone and mp3 player. Available in brown, plum, grey and blue (38 x 25 x 15). Aug 19, 2006

Sick Bag Note Causes UK Airliner Bomb Scare. A bomb threat scrawled on a sick bag caused a British passenger plane from London to Egypt to be diverted to southern Italy on Friday, but police said it appeared to be a false alarm. "The alarm has been called off," said Brindisi border police chief Salvatore de Paolis. The charter flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Hurghada in Egypt with 269 passengers on board was escorted to Brindisi by an Italian jet fighter after the pilot raised the alarm to air traffic controllers in Zagreb. The passengers were evacuated immediately after landing in Italy and anti-terrorist police inspected the aircraft with the airport fire brigade on standby. But budget airline Excel said it was only a precaution taken after a passenger found a threatening note written on a sick bag in a seat pocket. "It is all over," said a spokeswoman for Excel. Excel Airways Group is a subsidiary of Icelandic investment firm Avion Group. Aug 18, 2006

Travelers continue to fly after foiled terror plot. Travelers are continuing to fly despite last week's news of a foiled terrorist plot, but flights in the U.K. are still being delayed and canceled. Analysts say travelers are getting used to the idea that terrorism is an ongoing threat. A recent survey found the plot prompted just 11% of travelers to change near-term plans. Meanwhile, U.K. authorities are considering making permanent new restrictions on what travelers may carry on airliners. Security experts expect bans on liquids to remain in place indefinitely.

Aug 17, 2006

Increased Security A Mere Blip For Business Travel. Tighter airport security in the wake of a foiled bomb plot in Britain last week sent big-spending business travelers rushing to private jets in hopes of avoiding long delays and luggage restrictions. Aug 17, 2006

Sharing passenger data could delay departures, airlines say. A proposal to require airlines to share passenger data with the government before an international flight departs for the U.S. could result in flight delays for a variety of reasons, Air Transport Association President James May says. The Department of Homeland Security is now checking passenger lists before planes depart from the U.K, which has led to some delays, May notes. Airlines currently submit passenger lists for all U.S.-bound flights 15 minutes after takeoff. Aug 17, 2006

Skycaps keep busy as more travelers check bags. New security requirements have prompted more fliers to check their bags, boosting business for skycaps. One skycap company says business has grown between 15% and 25% as travelers check bags they would normally take on the plane. Aug 17, 2006

TSA focuses on travelers' behavior. The Transportation Security Administration is training a squad of officers to identify terrorists based on their behavior at the airport. The TSA hopes to have hundreds of workers trained by the end of next year. The TSA is also turning to passenger profiling techniques, but critics say profiling violates civil rights and is not effective over time. Aug 17, 2006

TSA defends increased security, screening rules. Transportation Security Administration officials on Tuesday called increased security measures appropriate and said they have not decided when the new rules will end. A recent study questioned the effectiveness of X-ray equipment in screening shoes for explosives; TSA officials said screening shoes by X-ray is effective. Aug 16, 2006

UK Police Seek Extra Time To Quiz Suspects. Police will seek more time on Wednesday to question suspects in the alleged plot to blow up trans-atlantic airliners, as it emerged a 12-year-old boy with no documents had managed to board a plane at Gatwick Airport. Aug 16, 2006

US clarifies new security rules. The US Dept. of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration late Sunday revised aviation security requirements put into place following last week's disclosure of the plot to bomb transatlantic flights and lowered the threat level for flights coming from the UK.While the ban on liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on luggage remains in effect, exceptions will be made for up to 4 oz. of nonprescription liquid medication, glucose gel for diabetics, solid lipstick and baby food. Removal of footwear at all security checkpoints is now officially mandatory, TSA said. This last requirement is largely a cosmetic change, however, since even prior to the current crisis, passengers traveling within the US were cajoled into removing their shoes by TSA officials in contradiction of official policy in Washington. Aug 15, 2006

X-ray machine won't detect explosive liquid or gel, report says. X-ray machines used to screen travelers' shoes will not help security screeners detect liquids or gels that may be explosive, according to an April 2005 Department of Homeland Security report. The Transportation Security Agency is testing equipment to detect liquid explosives at six airports.

Aug 15, 2006

DHS also lowered its threat level for incoming flights from the UK to Orange, or high, from Red, which denotes an imminent threat. US airports now are on Orange alert for all flights. There were no reports of major delays at US airports yesterday. Aug 15, 2006 DHS will replace contractors with TSA employees. The Department of Homeland Security will replace contractors who inspect fliers' identification at airports with Transportation Security Administration staff. The new screeners will be trained in psychological profiling. Aug 15, 2006

New security rules may impact business travel. New security rules will make business fliers check baggage when they fly, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. Airlines have called in extra help to explain new rules and help get luggage checked in airport lobbies. Carriers are exploring ways to give business travelers priority in baggage processing.

Aug 15, 2006

Passenger data needed before U.K. flights to U.S., experts say. Since last week, DHS has required that passenger data be provided before planes leave the U.K. for the U.S. Earlier this year, U.S. officials requested access to much more comprehensive passenger data from airlines, but the EU's highest court ruled that sharing that data was illegal and ordered such sharing entirely cut off by October unless European and American authorities reach a new accord on its use. Aug 15, 2006

By Thursday evening in the US, airlines and airports said they already were approaching normalcy. American Airlines said the number of itinerary changes or cancellations was "virtually insignificant from a statistical standpoint" and that the majority involved service to London. Aug 14, 2006

Officials hope to prevent sweeping disruptions caused by outages. Aviation officials want to prevent power outages at major radar centers from causing massive disruptions to air travel. The Federal Aviation Administration says its radar centers will get updated computer systems that will enable them to more easily take over from another center and avoid disruption. The Air Transport Association says the current system is outdated. Aug 14, 2006

Travelers will face long lines, changing rules. Travelers will face longer security lines, restrictions on carry-on baggage and changing security rules for the next few weeks as officials determine how to examine carry-on baggage for newly banned items. A ban on liquids by the U.S. and U.K. is expected to remain in place for some time. Airlines are encouraging travelers to check bags, but they may not have enough workers on staff to properly handle the increased volume. Aug 14, 2006

US Cuts Threat Level For UK-US Flights. The US Department of Homeland Security on Sunday scaled back the threat level for commercial airline flights from Britain to the United States from Red to Orange, or High. Aug 14, 2006

US operations near normal as investigation progresses. US airports approached normalcy on Friday, which was "just like any other summer day," according to an Air Transport Assn. spokesperson, as UK Home Secretary John Reid said authorities now believe all the main players in the alleged plot to bomb aircraft flying transatlantic routes to the US have been arrested.Reid added that airport security will remain in a "critical" state to "err on the side of caution" in case some conspirators are still at large. UK authorities said they worked closely with Pakistan on the case, with the alleged plotters under surveillance for at least a month, and some reports suggested the counterterror operation had been ongoing for several months. Authorities in the US and UK said the attacks were possibly just days away from being carried out when the arrests were made Thursday. Aug 14, 2006

Britain Downgrades Terror Threat Level. Britain has downgraded the threat of a terrorist attack from the highest level imposed last week after police said they had foiled a plot to blow up airliners, the government said on Monday. Aug 14, 2006

Focus more on people, not baggage contents, experts say. Some security experts think the U.S. should focus on stopping possible terrorists from getting on flights instead of stopping items such as weapons and explosives. Initiatives include keeping a terrorist watch list, the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program and behavior recognition, which focuses on identifying suspicious individuals at airports. Aug 14, 2006

Relief that a major terrorist plot had been foiled tempered passenger irritation with delays lasting as long as 3 hr. at check-in and security screening locations around Asia and Australia. Flights to the US were the most affected because of bans on fluids and gels, while flights to the UK suffered less as the basic ban on carry-on luggage did not apply to inbound flights. However, security for all flights including domestic was stepped up, with a much greater presence of police, military personnel and sniffer dogs at major airports. Airlines were not reporting any significant cancellations, although most major carriers offered passengers deferred travel options. Aug 14, 2006

Security rules put some fliers at risk of dehydration. New rules stopping travelers from bringing liquids aboard airliners may put some fliers at risk for dehydration, doctors say. Some airlines are providing extra bottled water on all flights. Aug 14, 2006

The UK Dept. of Transport maintained the additional security measures put in place Thursday, with severe restrictions on all hold luggage. However,Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander indicated Friday that the ban on hand luggage could become permanent. UK Home Secretary John Reid on Friday indicated the threat level following Thursday's terror alert would remain at the highest level as investigations continued. He also said he would convene a meeting of the National Aviation Security Committee to discuss future airport security. Aug 14, 2006

TSA eases carry-on restrictions, more travelers check luggage. The Transportation Security Administration faces the challenge of balancing security and efficiency as it copes with terrorist threats. Airlines say operations are returning to normal but more travelers are checking luggage after a foiled terrorist plot spurred officials to prohibit travelers from taking liquids into aircraft cabins. London's Heathrow Airport says airlines will cut 20% of flights from the airport to cope with tougher security measures. Meanwhile, the U.S. has downgraded its terror alert level for flights between the U.S. and U.K. Aug 14, 2006

U.S. slow to adopt new scanning tech, but U.K. moves ahead. Funding and civil-rights concerns have slowed the rollout of machines to scan passengers and luggage for explosives in the U.S., but the U.K. is moving ahead with some of the new equipment. Shares of some companies developing the equipment rose after British authorities announced Thursday they had foiled a terror plot. Aug 14, 2006

Beirut Airport

First Flight Lands As Beirut Airport Reopens. A passenger flight landed at Beirut Airport on Thursday for the first time in five weeks, easing an air blockade of Lebanon that Israel imposed during its war with Hizbollah guerrillas. An Israeli naval blockade remains in force. A Lebanese government source said the air and sea blockades would be lifted gradually after Prime Minister Fouad Siniora had sought international support to get the airport and ports reopened. An airliner belonging to Middle East Airlines, Lebanon's flag carrier, landed at 1:10 p.m. (1010 GMT) from Jordan's capital Amman. A Royal Jordanian flight was due to follow. Scheduled flights were expected to resume next week. Aug 17, 2006

General Electric

General Electric developing video surveillance, detection systems. General Electric researchers are designing video surveillance systems able to detect explosives and recognize faces to prevent terrorism. GE has bought several small businesses in order to gain a bigger share of the security industry. Aug 15, 2006

London airports

Operations at London airports recovering but problems persist. Airlines operating from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports faced fewer cancellations and improved punctuality Tuesday after BAA relaxed hand luggage restrictions one day later than at most other UK airports, but carriers still complained about delays and long security lines and faulted the airport operator's response to the crisis. Aug 16, 2006

IATA Says London[sup.1]s BAA Must Plan To Avoid Chaos. Airports operator BAA must ensure it has adequate contingency plans to deal with emergency security checks to avoid a repeat of the chaos at Heathrow, the International Air Transport Association said. Aug 16, 2006

Los Angeles airport

Los Angeles airport Flight Evacuated After Suspicious Item Found. An Alaska Airlines flight carrying 125 people was evacuated on landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after reporting a suspicious package on board, authorities said. Police using bomb-sniffing dogs quickly determined that item was not explosive, LAX spokesman Harold Johnson said, but were still investigating. Johnson said crew members on Flight 281, which was inbound to Los Angeles from Guadalajara, notified airport police that an item on board didn't belong to any of the passengers. The plane landed normally at 8:57 a.m. but taxied to a remote area of the tarmac. Passengers were evacuated and taken to a terminal on buses as police examined the item. Aug 14, 2006

St. Louis airport

Bomb-sniffing dogs inspect cargo packages at St. Louis airport. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this month became the first airport to use bomb-sniffing dogs to inspect cargo packages. To encourage cargo inspections, the Transportation Security Administration is boosting reimbursements to airports that maintain bomb-sniffing dogs. Aug 14, 2006

United Airlines

Unruly Passenger Forces Emergency Landing In Boston. A Washington-bound United Airlines flight from London made an emergency landing in Boston on Wednesday after a woman suffering from claustrophobia became unruly, but there was no apparent terrorist threat, police and security officials said. Flight 923, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew, was escorted by fighter jets to Boston where it landed without incident, said US Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Amy Von Walter. Police said they arrested one person but declined to say who it was. Aug 16, 2006
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Title Annotation:Transportation Security Agency is testing equipment to detect liquid explosives
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Date:Aug 21, 2006
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