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  • The Red Team

    "Nearly six years after 9/11, classified test results leaked to 9NEWs show Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport failed to find about 80% of weapons, like bombs and liquid explosives, carried by federal undercover agents called the Red Team. Denver is just one of many airports nationwide that are failing the tests, according to the Dept. of Homeland Security's OIG and US Government Accountability Office."
  • The No-Fly List

    CBS News reported that the No-Fly List, compiled after 9/11 to "prevent an Islamic terrorist who's associated with al-Queda from getting on a plane" is "incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, and a source of aggravation to thousands of innocent Americans." The version available to airport screeners is "sanitized of the most sensitive information", because "intelligence agencies that supply the names don't want them circulated to airport employees in foreign countries for fear that they could end up in the hands of terrorists." Before 9/11 the list had 16 names on it; after 9/11, the list grew to include 44 thousand names, not including an additional 75 thousand names on the additional security screening list. Now there's another list: names of people who have shouldn't be on the first list. You have to apply to get on that list. The list airport screeners see has no birth dates or physical descriptions. For the past three years, the TSA has spent about 144 million dollars to develop a program called Secure Flight-- it hasn't been implemented yet.
  • Inside Two Agencies: How Security and Policy Problems Undermine the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    Speed has become more important that security in two organizations that should be emphasizing security. The Star-Ledger investigates the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and finds that airport screeners are not as efficient as they should be. In addition, the series discusses the difficulty of securing cargo both at the port and on passenger jetliners.
  • 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.
  • Strains for Airport Screeners

    The story revealed that federal airport screeners have the highest injury rate in the nation; injuries were causing screeners to miss about 250,000 work days a year; some of those absences led to screeners missing training, and violating a federal law requiring all checked luggage to go through bomb-detection machines. The story also found that the Transportation Security Administration had known about the injury problem for more than a year but had taken little action to improve the situation.
  • Who's Guarding The Gate?

    WFLO investigates airport security. They tried to find out how easy it was to get a job as an airport security screener. They also look at the private security companies handling airport security at most of the country's major airports.
  • Guns, 'bombs' get through Hancock

    After the terrorist hijacking of airplanes from major U.S. airports on Sept. 11, the Post-Standard began it's own investigation of the security and screening measures taking place at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. Their investigation found that since 1988 Hancock's screeners have failed to detect real or simulated weapons being brought through the airport, totaling 64 security breaches. The Post-Standard found that Hancock's screeners are paid less than the airport's parking lot cashier and bathroom custodian. They also discovered that the Federal Aviation Administration does not notify the airport's commissioner when it cites an airline for a security violation.
  • Logan security

    WBUR-FM investigates the connection between the security in Boston's Logan Airport and the two hijacked planes that were crashed into New York's WTC. Current and former officials at the Federal Aviation Administration blame their agency for its lax oversight of aviation security. Sources say the FAA was aware of security lapses at Logan Airport,but took no action.
  • Airport security: Years of inaction left flawed system to fail

    A Kansas City Star investigative packet examines lapses in aviation security, which allowed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack to occur. Airlines have always fought against draft legislation for raising minimum security standards, the Star reports, in order to keep their attractiveness to customers and profit margins. One of the stories reveals that airlines have regularly sent congressmen on vacation and 'educational' trips for free, in exchange for favorable legislation. Despite constant warnings by the General Accounting Office, not only the Congress, but also the FAA failed to enforce rules to tighten airport security. Some of the findings are that screeners sometimes turned out to be felons, and bags were not scanned for bombs. The investigation focuses on problems detected specifically at the Kansas City International Airport, the nation's 35th busiest airport.
  • A Clean Sweep

    The American Prospect reports on the janitors' strike in Los Angeles in April 2000, and explains how janitors' international union, SEIU, helped them to get a wage increase of about 26%. The story looks at various labor markets and sectors of economy and examines their unions' attempts achieving pay raises. The report details the unionization of security screeners at airports, hotel workers, health care workers and nursing home workers. "In service industries that can't flee, unionization of low-wage workers can triumph, but only with heroic effort," finds the magazine.