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Hawaii TSA airport screeners fired over explosives lapse

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US transport authorities announced Friday the sacking of more than 30 staff at Honolulu International Airport for failing to screen baggage properly for explosives. The Transportation Security Administration took the action after a probe on the US island state of Hawaii triggered in December when two…

Delta retreats over U.S. military bag allowance

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US airline Delta knows when to sound the retreat. The Atlanta-based carrier this week swiftly revised its baggage allowance for US servicemen after soldiers returning home from Afghanistan posted a video on YouTube about having to pay $2,800 from their own pockets in baggage fees. In the…

Delta charges troops $2,800 in excess baggage fees

It’s not uncommon for air travel passengers to complain about airlines’ baggage policies and treatment of customers, but when it’s members of the U.S. military coming home from Afghanistan raising complaints about unfair rules, the grievances tend to be amplified. Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O’Hair made a video…

Bomb scare at US airport over ammunition primers

A US man was detained Tuesday after ammunition parts in his luggage exploded as baggage handlers were moving it from one plane to another at Miami airport, officials said. The Miami-Dade bomb squad responded after the explosion, which took place as a baggage handler was taking luggage off of American…

Suspected bomb in Namibia was ‘security test’

A suspected bomb intercepted in Namibia that was to be put on a Munich-bound charter plane was only a US-made dummy used to test security checks, Germany’s interior minister said Friday. Thomas de Maiziere said it was not immediately clear who had carried out the test, which sparked a major…

JFK passenger detained in Egypt had ‘undeclared’ guns in checked luggage

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities detained a passenger arriving from New York’s JFK airport Wednesday with handguns, ammunition and knives in his bag, but US officials said there had been no security lapse. Mohamed Ibrahim Marei, a US university professor of Egyptian origin, arrived on EgyptAir flight 986 from John F.…

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