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UK air travelers who refuse body scans to be blocked from flying

If you’re planning on flying from any British airport, better get comfortable with the idea of a stranger looking at you naked. That’s the new rule which went into effect at airports across the United Kingdom at the beginning of February, even as three dimensional body scanners were just being…

Security breach at NYC’s JFK airport causes evacuation

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - An American Airlines terminal at JFK International Airport in New York City was evacuated on Saturday because of a security breach, according to media reports.…

Polls show Americans growing more hawkish against terror

WASHINGTON — Americans find US anti-terror policies too lax, and believe that the government should err toward increasing security over individual privacy, a new survey found Thursday. More than six respondents in ten to a Quinnipiac University poll — 63 percent to 25 percent — said US anti-terror policies lean…

TSA funding airport mind-reading scanners

Amid the media furor over the attempted Christmas Day attacks and a renewed political focus on enhancing airport security, attention is turning to a technological advancement that will have civil rights activists — or, for that matter, anyone with a secret –seriously worried: Mind-reading machines. “As far-fetched as that sounds,…

German cop in trouble for explosive underwear ‘joke’

BERLIN — A German who found himself in hot water for joking during airport security checks that he had explosives in his underwear turned out on Thursday to be a policeman. The 42-year-old, who has not been named, was briefly taken into custody at Stuttgart airport in south-west Germany on…

Containers of honey spark California airport evacuation

A California airport was shut down and evacuated Tuesday after authorities claimed to have discovered “TNT” in luggage. Instead of a high-powered explosive, the substance turned out to be honey, owned by 31-year-old Francisco Ramirez, a gardener from Milwaukee. The man was taken into custody at Meadows Field Airport in…

Body scanners run afoul of UK child pornography laws

It has been said that terrorism is a zero-sum game. But try telling that to the manufacturers of three dimensional body scanners, the use of which at airports worldwide is set to soar after the failed bombing of a Christmas day flight into Detroit. In the United Kingdom, however, a…

Detroit flight plot may prove boon for security firms

NEW YORK — The failed attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit flight last week could prove a bonanza for airport security firms, especially the makers of full-body scanners. “It might put some pressure to buy more full-body scanners… The US Congress will probably do something to increase the funding,” Michael…

DeMint: ‘Unionization’ a threat to airport security

Update at bottom: GOP may share some blame on TSA ‘ineptness’ Republican senator Jim DeMint used the attempted attack on a airplane bound for Detroit as an excuse to voice opposition to unions. Absent any other television guests interested in countering Senator DeMint’s assertions, Fox News provided him a national…

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