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Cops: Man Sneaked Into Airport, Stole Truck

There was 'no threat to public safety,' says San Jose airport rep

(Newser) - For the third time this year , a San Jose airport has seen a major security breach. This time, a man allegedly managed to enter a restricted area and steal a maintenance vehicle at Mineta San Jose International Airport, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police say Miguel Zaragoza, 39, made his... More »

We Saw Terrorists Spying at Airport Way Before 9/11: Witnesses

Reports of al-Qaeda operatives surveying Logan were allegedly ignored

(Newser) - Three American Airlines employees reported spotting 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and at least one other man snooping around and videotaping security checkpoints at Boston's Logan Airport in May 2001—but no one did anything about it, according to newly released court papers cited in the New York Post . The... More »

Woman Hops Airport Fence to Halt Takeoff

She thought her partner was on plane: police

(Newser) - Apparently thinking her partner was flying off, a woman climbed over a Canadian airport's barbed-wire fence to stop a plane from departing, police say. Turns out her partner wasn't flying at all, according to police; for her part, the woman was "apprehended very quickly," says an... More »

Senior Stowaway Arrested Yet Again

She was spotted on 'scouting mission' at LAX

(Newser) - A persistent stowaway "fixated on flying" was arrested again at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday just hours after a court ordered her to stay away unless she had a boarding pass, police say. The airport's chief of police says fliers of 62-year-old Marilyn Hartman had been distributed to... More »

Notorious Stowaway Flies to LA, Ticket-Free

Marilyn Jean Hartman arrested 6 times previously

(Newser) - A persistent "plane hopper" has finally had success as a stowaway. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, made it past security at the Mineta San Jose International Airport yesterday—even though she didn’t have a ticket—and boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles, reports NBC Bay Area . Hartman... More »

Cops: Drunk Banker Posed as Airport Screener

He singled out female passengers for pat-downs

(Newser) - Federal authorities are investigating how a man who had been boozing at an airport lounge was apparently able to pass himself off as an airport screener and bring women into a private booth for pat-downs. Law enforcement tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the man's outfit of khaki pants,... More »

TSA: Don't Bring Uncharged Devices on US-Bound Flights

Laptops to be checked as security cranked up

(Newser) - Passengers flying to the US from overseas should make sure their electronic devices are charged because they won't be allowed to board a plane with them otherwise, officials warn. The tighter scrutiny of electronic devices comes amid heavier security for US-bound flights from countries including the UK, France, and... More »

Airports to Crack Down on Phones Amid Terror Fears

Bombs could be surgically implanted: Daily Mail

(Newser) - As the US bolsters security at airports at home and abroad, officials have been concerned about " creative ," hard-to-spot bombs. Now, they'll be cracking down on phones and shoes in an effort to detect any such weapons on flights bound for the US, Reuters reports. iPhones and Samsung... More »

Security Stepped Up for US Bound-Flights

Officials worried about radicals with Western passports

(Newser) - Passengers flying to the US from certain overseas airports can expect tighter scrutiny starting within a few days. Officials say the Transportation Security Administration has been ordered to "implement enhanced security measures" amid fears that terrorists are developing "creative," hard-to-detect bombs, CNN reports. The tighter measures will... More »

New Airport Security Concern: 'Creative' Bombs

Intelligence indicates terrorists in Syria may be working on them

(Newser) - The US may boost security measures at its own airports—and call for improvements abroad—amid fears of attacks fueled by the crisis in Syria, ABC News reports. Terrorists in the country, according to new US intelligence, may be working on "creative" bombs targeting commercial planes, sources tell ABC.... More »

Cops Hide Explosives on Car, Lose Track of Car

It was part of K-9 training at Alaska airport; all ended well

(Newser) - Police at the Anchorage airport lost track of a small quantity of explosives used to train bomb-sniffing dogs. It seems they attached the explosives to one of the rental cars parked in a lot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport—and a customer drove away with it. Airport Police and... More »

How Teen Stowaway Survived in Wheel Well

15-year-old entered hibernation-like state, experts say

(Newser) - The teenage stowaway who made it from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 beat some very long odds to survive, experts say. At 38,000 feet, the boy—who authorities now say is 15, not 16 as earlier reported—had to survive extremely thin air... More »

O'Hare Screeners Find WWI Artillery Shells in Luggage

They were harmless, and teens weren't charged

(Newser) - It is not your run-of-the-mill red flag from airport security: Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare airport discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London. The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who... More »

Latest TSA Flub: Uh, Is DC License Valid?

Agent wasn't sure whether it was acceptable form of ID

(Newser) - A ridiculous TSA story has once again gone viral: Ashley Brandt was baffled last week when a TSA agent in Phoenix was initially unsure whether she could let Brandt through airport security with just a District of Columbia license. "I don’t know if we can accept these. Do... More »

Feds Warn Airlines of New Shoe-Bomb Threat

Terror groups working on new bomb designs

(Newser) - Air passengers headed to the US from overseas can expect much tighter scrutiny of their shoes—and bodies—in the days and weeks to come. The Department of Homeland Security has learned of a possible new shoe-bomb plot and told airlines flying to the US to pay extra attention to... More »

TSA Screener: Yes, We Laughed at Your X-Rays

Former employee writes of the not-so-professional work in airports

(Newser) - A former TSA employee has written a first-person piece for Politico Magazine , that, in the words of Ed Morrissey at Hot Air , "confirms pretty much everything we suspected about the TSA." Some excerpts from the article by Jason Harrington, who had previously posted anonymously at the blog Taking... More »

Teen Allowed on Plane After Pipe Bomb Confiscated

Skylar Murphy pleads guilty, gets year's probation

(Newser) - A pipe bomb in his carry-on bag wasn't enough to get Skylar Murphy, 18, kicked off his international flight from Canada's Edmonton International Airport. Officers discovered the bomb, as well as black powder, in Murphy's bag in September; though they took the items, they still let him... More »

$300M Security System Misses Guy Jumping Fence

Men run across runways in Newark, Phoenix incidents

(Newser) - Newark Airport has a Perimeter Intrusion Detection System that cost more than $300 million—and didn't make a peep when a cross-dressing man climbed over the airport fence, crossed two runways, and entered Terminal C this morning, the New York Post reports. The man, Siyah Bryant, 24, had been... More »

Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items

Including a gun, grenade, crossbow—and they all work

(Newser) - You may already find it ridiculous that you can't bring the tiniest pair of scissors through an airport security checkpoint, but you'll find it even more absurd after reading this: A North Carolina programmer is proving that even with all those security restrictions, it's still possible to... More »

Mistaken Reports of Gunfire Set Off Chaos at LAX

It was actually a car crash; police also got false report of gunman

(Newser) - A sign of just how on edge people at LAX airport remain three weeks after a gunman went on a shooting spree there: A car crash last night led to reports of shots fired and the evacuation of two terminals, reports NBC Los Angeles . Someone also phoned in a false... More »

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