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By Ron Moore | November 19, 2013
As one of the first post-9/11 screeners hired at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and as the first president of the national union fighting for screener's rights in the workplace, I find the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month to be deeply troubling. The words of comfort and respect regarding slain Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was gunned down by a rogue shooter, are intermixed with calls to reform the way the agency carries out its mission, to which I say: What took you so long?
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A man with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday - marking the seventh time this year officers have seized a firearm at the airport's checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration said in a news release Tuesday that officers staffing the checkpoint X-ray machines detected the handgun, which was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, inside a Hidden Valley, Pa. resident's carry-on bag. Officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who confiscated the firearm and arrested the man, TSA officials said.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A man with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday - marking the seventh time this year officers have seized a firearm at the airport's checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration said in a news release Tuesday that officers staffing the checkpoint X-ray machines detected the handgun, which was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, inside a Hidden Valley, Pa. resident's carry-on bag. Officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who confiscated the firearm and arrested the man, TSA officials said.
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By Ron Moore | November 19, 2013
As one of the first post-9/11 screeners hired at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and as the first president of the national union fighting for screener's rights in the workplace, I find the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month to be deeply troubling. The words of comfort and respect regarding slain Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was gunned down by a rogue shooter, are intermixed with calls to reform the way the agency carries out its mission, to which I say: What took you so long?
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December 10, 2009
- The Department of Homeland Security has initiated unspecified personnel actions against individuals involved in the bungled online posting this spring of a government document that revealed airport screening secrets, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators Wednesday. A contract employee was responsible for failing to properly redact a 93-page Transportation Security Administration operating manual that was put on a government procurement Web site. "The security of the traveling public has never been put at risk," Napolitano said, repeating earlier TSA statements that the document was out of date.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 7, 2004
WASHINGTON - The federal Transportation Security Administration is sending $1.7 million to the Maryland Aviation Administration for improvements to the checked-baggage screening system at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, officials said yesterday. The money is to be used for additional explosives-detection machines in the American Airlines baggage-handling area and for improvements in the Northwest and Continental Airlines baggage rooms. "This money will allow BWI to create a permanent checked-baggage solution that will increase the pace of screening, reduce congestion in the lobby and streamline the process," said Rear Adm. David M. Stone, assistant secretary of homeland security for the TSA. The agency has announced similar grants totaling $77.9 million for airports in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
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June 10, 2002
Air Canada Jazz to add two flights to Toronto from BWI Air Canada Jazz will add two flights between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Toronto beginning July 7. The additional flights are in response to heavy advance bookings on the airline's new regional jet service. With the new schedule, Air Canada Jazz will offer four daily flights with 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets and two daily flights with Dash 8-100s, which seat 37 passengers. US Airways will discontinue service between BWI and Toronto on July 1. Air Canada Jazz provides scheduled service to more than 75 destinations in Canada and the United States.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2005
Instead of getting security "pat-downs," some passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport will soon be screened by one of two new devices: a high-tech imaging system or a highly sensitive puff of air. The airport is one of just four nationwide chosen by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to participate in a pilot program to test the new technologies, which are used to detect explosives and plastic weapons at the same time....
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 26, 2004
WASHINGTON - Responding to criticism from the Sept. 11 commission, the government's aviation security chief outlined a plan yesterday to begin screening airline passengers for bombs hidden under clothing. But a senior lawmaker said the Bush administration was moving too slowly to close a widely acknowledged loophole: Although bags and shoes are checked for traces of explosives, people are not. A suicide bomber wearing a device that contained small amounts of metal - or carrying disassembled parts of a bomb - could get past security.
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By Ross Werland and Ross Werland,Tribune Newspapers | May 31, 2009
Name: : Wordlock luggage combination lock What it is: : A combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers, allowing you to set whatever four-letter combination (a pet's name, a profanity) you want out of about 10,000 possibilities. Because the Transportation Security Administration has a key that will open it, you can use it for domestic travel without fear of having it cut off if your bag is inspected. How it works: : You can spell any easily remembered word to use as a combination, which is much more convenient for the brain than a series of random numbers.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Southwest Airlines has joined the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, giving trusted fliers access to a quicker and less invasive path through security at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The airline, which is BWI's largest carrier, has opened a PreCheck security lane at Concourse A, airport officials said Thursday. The program allows registered passengers of participating airlines — Southwest makes eight — to move through security without taking off their shoes, belts or jackets, removing laptop computers from cases or removing bags of small liquids from carry-on luggage.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Security officers on Friday confiscated a stun gun from a passenger's carry-on baggage at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the second such incident in less than a week, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday. Lanesha Riona Williams, 20, was allowed to board her flight to Atlanta as scheduled after the black weapon was discovered by TSA screeners and she was issued a criminal citation, said First. Sgt. Jonathan Green, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman. The TSA said Williams lives in Kennesaw, Ga., while Green said she had a Washington, D.C., address on her identification.
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By Kevin Rector and Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
Frustrated travelers reported long lines at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday morning, as crowds jammed into terminals on their way out of town as local schools prepared to let out for spring break. The delays followed the closure Friday morning of one of BWI Marshall Airport's best-kept secrets in swift security navigation: the temporary security checkpoint on the airport's lower level - used by savvy travelers to avoid the crush at the upper level security lines for Concourses A and B. The checkpoint was removed to make way for continued construction of a nine-lane checkpoint, though because of its relative obscurity, it's unclear whether its closure impacted lines.
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By Cal Thomas | March 9, 2013
The musical "Annie" is enjoying another revival on Broadway. The show opened during the Carter administration, when America was in need of some optimism. "The sun'll come out tomorrow," sang Annie, and with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, for a while, it did. Now we're back in "Hooverville," the name given to shantytowns that popped up during the Great Depression. It isn't that bad yet, though the Obama administration is forecasting gloom and doom if Republicans don't cave on another tax increase.
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August 8, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. EhrlichJr.used a bit too much dramatic license in claiming that the Transportation Security Administration was the brainchild of the "left" ("The left and right view the world in predictable ways," Aug. 5). My recollection is that the TSA was put into motion by former PresidentGeorge W. Bush, who could not be considered a member of the "left" by any reasonable measure, and that the actual creation of the agency reflected the bi-partisan spirit in Congress that existed immediately after the9/11terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested a Florida man Sunday morning after security agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage at BWI Marshall Airport. Michael Menlo Smith, 58, was found with a 9 mm Glock 17, loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, and two magazines with another 10 rounds each, according to police and the Transportation Security Administration. Police confiscated the firearm and ammunition and arrested the man. There was no impact on airport operations, according to TSA. Smith told police he forgot the firearm was in his luggage, spokesman Sgt. Kirk Perez said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Security officers on Friday confiscated a stun gun from a passenger's carry-on baggage at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the second such incident in less than a week, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday. Lanesha Riona Williams, 20, was allowed to board her flight to Atlanta as scheduled after the black weapon was discovered by TSA screeners and she was issued a criminal citation, said First. Sgt. Jonathan Green, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman. The TSA said Williams lives in Kennesaw, Ga., while Green said she had a Washington, D.C., address on her identification.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested a Florida man Sunday morning after security agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage at BWI Marshall Airport. Michael Menlo Smith, 58, was found with a 9 mm Glock 17, loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, and two magazines with another 10 rounds each, according to police and the Transportation Security Administration. Police confiscated the firearm and ammunition and arrested the man. There was no impact on airport operations, according to TSA. Smith told police he forgot the firearm was in his luggage, spokesman Sgt. Kirk Perez said.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Among the knives, real and toy pistols, and other dangerous weapons seized at BWI Marshall Airport, this one stood out: A curving 7-inch arc of jagged teeth with a brass knuckle-style grip. A blogger for the Transportation Security Administration coined the nickname "debrainer" as he enshrined the nasty-looking utensil in the TSA's informal hall of fame. That's the weirdest thing officers said they have confiscated in recent months from carry-on baggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, used by more than 22.2 million passengers last year.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2011
Several flights were delayed Saturday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and some arriving passengers were kept waiting aboard planes after two security checkpoints were closed by what officials described as an issue with passenger screening. The A and B pier checkpoints were closed from about 8:40 a.m. to about 9:20 a.m., when normal operations resumed, said Michael S. McCarthy, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman. The checkpoints serve Southwest Airlines, BWI's dominant carrier.
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