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Families may have an easier time at checkpoints this summer

June 25, 2012

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  • Families may have an easier time at checkpoints this summer
    Traveling with small children always presents a unique set of challenges, but the Transportation Security Administration has taken steps to make passing through security checkpoints easier for families. Last fall, the TSA began reducing the number of pat-downs for small children, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. It has also taken other steps to ease screening for children, she noted. "One of the things that is going to be met with much happiness, from the parents anyway, is that passengers who are 12 and under no longer need to take off their shoes," Farbstein says. National Public Radio (6/24) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TSA’s ID verifier is undergoing testing at airports
    The Transportation Security Administration continues to test a new device that authenticates passengers’ boarding passes and identification cards. The machine, which has been installed in a number of airports such as the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, seeks to both speed up and intensify the TSA’s security procedures in airports. Houston Chronicle (6/24) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Equipment malfunction forces TSA to close JFK terminal
    A metal detector malfunctioned on Saturday morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal. The Transportation Security Administration evacuated the terminal for about two hours after learning that travelers were allowed to pass through a checkpoint without being fully screened. Checkpoints were re-opened before noon, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. CBS News/The Associated Press (6/23) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Seat upgrades are now being auctioned off by several airlines, including "Etihad, Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, Czech Airlines, El Al, TAP Portugal and Brussels Airlines," this feature says. Customer response has been mixed. While auction winners may find value in the system, others complain it is another "annoying" ancillary fee and that it erodes the value of frequent-flier reward programs. Ken Harris, CEO of Plusgrade, the company whose technology powers the auctions, highlights the value for airlines: "An offer-based model will always outperform a fixed-price system." CNBC/Road Warrior blog (6/21) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fire under screening machine prompts evacuation at LaGuardia
    A small fire that broke out under a Transportation Security Administration screening machine prompted an evacuation of a terminal at New York’s LaGuardia International Airport on Sunday. Passengers were allowed to return after about an hour, and three police officers were treated for minor injuries. Reuters (6/24) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Column: Checkpoints continue to have highs and lows
    Some aspects of airport security have improved, while others leave much to be desired, writes FareCompare Chief Executive Rick Seaney in this column. For example, he is enthusiastic about hand-held screening devices, but points out that it is unclear when the Transportation Security Administration will start using them. Seaney also notes that the number of complaints received by the Transportation Security Administration is relatively low considering how many travelers are screened. "For the record, the TSA does some very good work," he adds. "Check out their blog sometime to see a list of knives and grenades and other bizarre and dangerous weaponry they’ve found carefully secreted away in passenger luggage." ABC News (6/22) sm_share.gifLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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