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  • Access to Steal

    KIRO-TV investigated the security flaws in airports "that allow baggage handlers to enter luggage storage areas, steal items, then remove the goods from the property." The investigative teams also "tracked dozens of missing handguns, stolen by criminals, who had direct access to loaded passenger jets."
  • Confiscations at airport rise

    Lee Davidson investigates weapon seizures by airport security, at every airport in the United States, from February 2002 through March 2005. Nearly 16 million prohibited items were confiscated over this period. Screeners found an average of one potential weapon per every 111 passengers. Report includes extensive tables.
  • Trouble on the Tarmac

    The authors investigated an increase in problems at Sea-Tac International Airport when Alaska Airlines fired their baggage handlers and hired an outside firm, Menzies Aviation. to do the ramp work. Issues that arose in the report were ones of safety, training and security.
  • Extra Baggage

    This undercover investigation uncovered illegal employment of felons at the Phoenix airport. FBI background checks were performed improperly, and felons had access to passengers' baggage as well as planes. Several airport employees tried to report the problem, but officials ignored them until the investigation was completed.
  • Airport Security

    Off a tip from a United Airlines employee, KRON-TV's investigative team began examining airport security at the largest terminal at San Francisco International Airport, the United terminal. Using hidden cameras, KRON was able to document major flaws in the terminal's security system, where access to restricted areas, the airfield, and passengers baggage was lax in certain places. A insider from United provided the majority of information on the security problems, despite the threat of prosecution from the FAA and United.
  • The Plane Truth

    Dateline investigates chronic customer service complaints about the airline industry including flight delays, mishandled baggage and in-flight service. Dateline built its own database to track flights and then compare their information given out by the airlines about delayed flights; many times they were told that flights they knew were delayed were on time. They found that the airlines could be doing a lot more, but since they aren't being pressured to, they aren't.
  • Pets on Planes

    KTVT reports that "we learned that 5000 pets are injured or die on airplanes every year. We first received the support of a local humane society and then took a dog named Rex on a series of flights around the country. We had temperature and humidity sensors inside the kennel and traveled on the same aircraft as Rex. We had Rex examined by a veterinarian at every destination and was always in good health. One airline lost the dog, another left him in the rain, another left him alone and without water, another left him on the hot tarmac when it was 90-plus degrees outside."
  • Family baggage

    Miami New Times chronicles the life of brothers Octavio and Antonio, native Cubans who frequently smuggle goods from Miami exiles into Cuba for the exiles' family members. Glasgow concentrates on how smoothly the operation runs, citing examples of the brothers bribing customs agents among other antics.
  • (Untitled)

    NBC investigates security at major airports in the United States an reveals that even sine the Locherbie tragedy, not much has changed in terms of internal security at airports. In some cases no background checks are done in advance of hiring, and employees without the specific authorizations to do so, are many times free to roam the airport with unlimited access to baggage areas, tarmacs, and even the aircraft themselves. (Nov. 26, Dec. 8, 1996)