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TSA bans bikini woman for ‘unusual contour’ around buttocks

A woman who became a YouTube sensation earlier this month when she went through airport security in a bikini spent a night at the airport Tuesday because of TSA agents’ concerns about an “unusual contour” around her buttocks. Tammy Banovac says she is hand-searched every time she goes through airport…

Winter storm could strand air passengers for days

An East Coast blizzard that has forced nearly 7,000 flight cancellations will leave many travelers stranded through the end of the week. Runways reopened Monday evening at several major airports in the Northeast. But canceled flights into and out of Philadelphia, New York and Boston left hundreds of thousands of…

TSA investigates pilot for posting videos online critical of security

SAN FRANCISCO – A pilot who posted videos on YouTube that were critical of security at San Francisco International Airport is now the subject of an investigation, the pilot’s attorney says. The pilot placed several videos on YouTube in late November or early December that showed how ground crew members…

Private company launches test spacecraft for NASA

Company launches test spacecraft for NASA, attempting 1st commercial return from orbit A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides. The Falcon 9 rocket, owned…

TSA to exempt pilots from screenings, mulls ‘G-rated’ scanners

Flight attendant, breast cancer survivor forced to expose prosthetic breast Faced with a growing public backlash against its new screening procedures, the the TSA is reportedly now considering measures to soften what critics say are unnecessarily intrusive pat-downs and full body scans. But for the time being, it appears pilots…

Officials defend airport body scans as poll shows overwhelming majority in favor

On the heels of outrage over enhanced screening procedures being implemented at airports nation-wide, a series of public officials, elected and not, have stepped up to defend the x-ray devices that can produce images of people in the nude. Their praise of the new technology comes amid a flurry of…

Airborne rebellion: Group urges ‘national opt-out day’ for airport body scanners

Pilots, flight attendants lead public opposition to intrusive new measures TSA employee reportedly admitted pat-down involving touching of genitals meant to intimidate people into using body scanners As public anger grows over the TSA’s body scanners and intrusive new airport pat-down procedure, a Web site is urging travelers to “opt…

Young man disguised as old man boards international flight

MONTREAL — A young Asian man in his early 20s disguised himself as an “elderly Caucasian male,” boarded an Air Canada flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver and sought asylum after being arrested upon arrival, the airline and media said Friday. “We can confirm that officials from the CBSA (Canada…

All 68 dead in Cuba plane crash

HAVANA (AFP) – A Cuban airliner on a flight to Havana crashed in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board including 28 foreigners, officials said Friday via state media. The plane operated by state-run Aerocaribbean “fell to the ground in the region of Guasimal,” after the pilot reported an…

Delta Air Lines accused of ‘illegal’ behavior in unionization vote

A union representing flight attendants has all but accused Delta Air Lines of stealing a unionization vote. On Wednesday the results of a month-long union-organizing vote by Delta Air Lines flight attendants showed that the employees narrowly rejected unionization, by a margin of 50.9 percent against to 49.1 percent in…

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