The proposal had drawn fierce opposition from lawmakers, airlines and others who said it would place passengers and crews at risk.
U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was appalled by the revelation that an undercover inspector with a bomb in his pants got through two checkpoints at Newark-Liberty International Airport and was cleared to get on a plane.
Senator Frank Lautenberg is demanding more effective security enforcement by the Transportation Security Administration following Sunday’s security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Some flyers Wednesday morning were floating on air at American Airlines’ Terminal 8 screening. They left on their shoes, belts, and jackets, they didn’t have to open their bags, and they breezed through security.
In our post-9/11 world we’ve become accustomed to many a security rules and regulations, including taking our shoes off at airport screening checkpoints. But a change is underfoot.
Americans generally seem OK with X-ray scanners — but there’s less support for the pat-downs.
With the Thanksgiving holiday just days away, travelers are dreading not just the long lines, but the pat-downs some say are way too intrusive.
TSA administrator John Pistole says he has received the new pat-down, as has his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Prosecutors in Yemen charged Anwar al-Awlaki with plotting to kill foreigners Tuesday.
Saudi Arabian Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is also suspected of building the failed “underwear bomb” on Christmas Day, is thought to be behind the latest cargo plane plot by U.S. officials.