Travel Security Update February 2005.


Boston's Logan needs to hire 125 screeners in two weeks. Boston's Logan International Airport needs 125 airport security screeners on staff before its Terminal A reopens in two weeks. TSA officials say they are confident they will fill all the positions. Terminal A is the first major U.S. airport terminal designed and completed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It has wider security areas and a networked baggage screening system.

Feb 26, 2005

Metropolitan New York airports to receive security upgrades. The three airports in the New York City area will receive security improvements, including a perimeter intrusion system and a closed-circuit television system. Employee identification systems that use biometrics will also be introduced.

Feb 25, 2005

Homeland Security wants passenger names one hour before takeoff. Under a new rule being drafted by the Department of Homeland Security, airlines would pass on a list of passenger names to the DHS one hour before an international flight takes off for the U.S. The department says the rule would help identify suspected terrorists, but critics say it could create logistical problems for airlines.

Feb 25, 2005

Airport screeners face high rate of injuries related to work. Airport screeners have one of the highest rates of job-related injuries in the nation, USA TODAY reports. TSA employees missed work due to on-the-job injuries five times more often than other government employees. Lawmakers worry this could create a staffing shortage and weaken national security.

Feb 24, 2005

FAA to propose rules aimed at improving cockpit recorders. The Federal Aviation Administration will propose new rules to improve the quality of cockpit recorders, the Wall Street Journal reports. The FAA wants to lengthen the duration of time the device is required to retain information without automatically erasing it from 30 minutes to two hours. It also wants recorders to be able to operate even if a plane loses electric power.

Feb 23, 2005

Homeland Security creates committee to advise it on privacy issues. The Department of Homeland Security has created a committee to advise it on data privacy, InformationWeek reports. Members of the committee hail from corporations, academia and nonprofit groups.

Feb 23, 2005

The U.S. Department of State is alerting Americans to the high threat against them by terrorists in the Philippines. State recommends Americans exercise caution if traveling there because of these threats, as well as...

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