Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., have introduced legislation designed to help other countries detect and detain terrorists at airports and prevent them from coming to the US. The Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act would also require that the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department speed up efforts to help vulnerable countries improve screening techniques and technology and send annual progress reports to Congress.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Florida's Tampa International Airport on Tuesday found four loaded guns in separate incidents, the most ever found at the airport in a single day. Airport police seized the travelers' bags and escorted them away from the checkpoint area.
Police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey arrested a man on Tuesday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged him with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. The man is accused of stealing high-end perfumes and fitness trackers from airport retailers.
A remote, private terminal for VIPs looking to relax and avoid paparazzi will open May 15 at Los Angeles International Airport. Use of private suites within the luxurious terminal will cost $1,500 to $4,000.
Hawaiian Airlines and South African Airways have entered into an interline agreement that enables customers to buy travel from both airlines on a single itinerary. "Our mutual customers will enjoy the warm traditional South African and Hawaiian Island hospitality throughout their journey from two award-winning airlines," SAA's Todd Neuman said.
North Carolina residents, starting next week, can opt for enhanced driver's licenses that meet federal Real ID requirements. "We are glad to offer this optional, single ID to help our citizens travel and access federal facilities," said David Howard, deputy secretary of the state's Department of Transportation.
The union representing security officers at Chicago's Midway and O'Hare international airports is pushing back against city efforts to strip officers of their "police" designation. The city contends that its policy has not changed, but is simply being properly implemented: "Policy has long been clear that while aviation security officers are an integral part of our airport security and operations, that they do not have the same authority as sworn Chicago Police officers."
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