The TSA saw the near-miss as proof that aviation security could not be ensured without the installation of full-body scanners in every U.S. airport. But the agency’s many critics called its decision just another knee-jerk response to an attempted terrorist attack. I agreed, and wrote to the Times saying as much. My boss wasn’t happy about it.
“The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee,
” she said.
Jason Harrington, author of the formerly anonymous Taking Sense Away
blog, on his experiences as a dissenter inside of the Transportation Security Administration
posted by gauche
on Jan 31, 2014 -
Boeing's largest, and ugliest, aircraft today is the 747 LCF
, better known as the DreamLifter. The primary job of the DreamLifter is delivering entire 787 fuselages for final assembly. Yesterday evening, one DreamLifter was supposed to land at Wichita, Kansas... [more inside]
posted by eriko
on Nov 21, 2013 -
, a new program instituted by the TSA, will allow passengers to keep their shoes, jackets and belts during screening, as well as allow laptop computers and approved liquids to remain in bags for a fee of $85.
posted by Omon Ra
on Jul 25, 2013 -
...no background checks needed. Coming to (or already in) an airport near you: Holograms
serve as "virtual assistants" giving instructions in multiple languages. via
posted by agatha_magatha
on Jun 17, 2013 -
On their way home from photographing Formula Drift Palm Beach, Joe Ayala
& Larry Chen
found themselves stranded over night in Dallas Fort Worth as their flights home were canceled
posted by growabrain
on Jun 17, 2011 -
Frederik and Gerrit Braun, energetic twin brothers with no shortage of dreams, have just finished construction of the world’s largest model airport. With 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches, 300 buildings and 40 planes, Knuffingen Airport is both a wonder to behold as well as a technological tour de force. The best part of Knuffingen is that it’s alive. Forty planes and 90 vehicles move about autonomously.
posted by Trurl
on May 12, 2011 -
The largest model railway layout in the world, Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland
has been featured here before
. Featuring areas modelled on real life attractions, it also is home to the fictional town of Knuffingen
where the 200,000 mini-inhabitants are very much looking forward to the opening of their new airport
. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Feb 12, 2011 -
have been declared at Airports in the US, UK and Middle East after the discovery of suspicious packages originating in Yemen
. The packages, modified toner cartridges, have been described
as "definitely not a complete bomb" but being "potentially sinister".
posted by Artw
on Oct 29, 2010 -
Montréal Mirabel Airport
was opened in 1975 at the cost of $2 billion adjusted. Ultimately its tarmac and runway areas alone were to take up 70 km2
) of space and would have made it the world's largest airport. The airport never got any busier than Boise Airport is today, and the passenger terminals are now abandoned shells (slideshow
). A key factor
in the failure was that for 22 years authorities banned all international flights from the much-closer, thriving Dorval Airport, heavily used by locals and business travellers. It didn't help that Montreal was already sliding into decline in the 1970s due to the growth of the Great Lakes and Toronto-based economies and uncertainties about Quebec's political
climate. Montreal is no stranger to alleged boondoggles: Olympic Stadium
, half-finished during the 1976 Summer Games, spiralled $1 billion
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 27, 2009 -
"I said, 'This is a dilemma, because if that was your 81-year-old grandmother sitting out there, you would be fit to be tied,' " Cook says. "And I said, 'I'm sure the news channels would love this story if I gave them a phone call.' "
Being a chaplain at the Atlanta airport.
posted by wittgenstein
on Sep 9, 2009 -
The Manhattan Airport Foundation.
From the About Us: It doesn’t take long to realize Central Park squanders 843 acres of the most valuable real estate in the world.
From the FAQ
: To date, nearly 100 investors have signed on to provide approximately $130M in equity with another $80M from the bond market making Manhattan Airport the most ambitious privately-funded airport development project in US history.
Apparently this is for reals.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Jul 22, 2009 -
Mark takes us on the A380
(warning: image heavy) from Dubai to New York with meticulous photographic detail. For $7300 you can fly the A380
with access to amenities like showers
and a full-service bar
, and stroll down to see the plebs in steerage
. Arguably the last time a flying hotel was tried in earnest was the post-WWII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
, a staple of Pacific routes until jet-powered 707s appeared on the scene.
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 20, 2008 -
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously
], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic
] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds
on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response
blog. Hawley then leaves a comment
to that post. Schneier fires back again
in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
posted by ChasFile
on Nov 17, 2008 -
The Things He Carried.
"Airport security in America is a sham—'security theater' designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease."
posted by chunking express
on Oct 16, 2008 -
Discussion of the beauty and consequences of urban decay pops up here from time to time. In 1992 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
began its expansion program
. The airport's website has a timeline
and lots of photos
. Since the planning began, there has been a fair amount of controversy of one form
surrounding the expansion. Despite all the shininess of their press releases, things are progressing very slowly. The people who have been impacted most, however, are the people who lived in the communities on top of which the expansion is happening. They have all been displaced. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone
on Nov 21, 2007 -