Travel Security Update January 2005.

 
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Republican proposes turning screening over to private companies. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., wants to eliminate government airport screeners and turn screening over to private companies. Mica is the chairman of the House aviation subcommittee and is drafting a bill that would end the TSA's screening responsibilities. Some Democrats oppose the proposal.

Jan 31, 2005

Two lawmakers ask TSA to investigate Internet sales of pilot uniforms. Two U.S. senators say the sale of commercial pilot uniforms through online sources could threaten homeland security and have asked the TSA to investigate. An investigation by Chicago's CLTV showed a consumer was able to buy uniforms on the Internet without proving he worked for an airline.

Jan 31, 2005

Some question, others defend large cost of inaugural security . Some government officials and security analysts say the tens of millions of dollars spent on security for the inauguration was unjustified. However, Homeland Security officials say they had no choice but to plan for the worst-case scenario. They also say there are some long-term benefits to the excessive security; for example, law enforcement officials from different agencies learned to work together.

Jan 30, 2005

TSA considers optional toll program to speed airport security checks. The TSA is considering a program that would allow passengers to pay a fee in exchange for getting through airport security checkpoints faster. An Orlando, Fla., pilot project would be open to all travelers. The fee of up to $100 a year will cover the extensive technology used in the program.

Jan 30, 2005

Bush seeks higher airline security fees. A tax imposed after 9/11 and charged to airline passengers to help pay for airport security would more than double under President Bush's spending proposal for the Department of Homeland Security, according to portions of the department's budget obtained yesterday by The Associated Press. Under the proposal, the security tax, which is collected by the airlines from their customers...

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