What WAS the reason for federalizing airport security? Trying to remember…

Not only have TSA security screeners not all had background checks, butof those who had — and have been found to have criminal records — not all have been fired. “It is a concern because one of the reasons we federalized this in the first place was because there hadn’t been background checks, or standards for background checks, before Sept. 11,” [Rep. John] Mica said.

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Naples Airport: RIP

USAirways, the last carrier at the Naples Municipal Airport on the West Coast of Florida, plans to pull out. But the airport plans to remain open. I always thought it was a great little airport. One gate — gate one — with an A door and a B door so that arriving passengers could enter differently from where departing passengers were cueing. And the airport has free parking. Last time I was there, though, American flew several flights a day to and from Miami, and if I recall correctly Cape Air also served the airport.

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I don’t like Dulles either

After seeing three hour wait times to clear immigration at Washington Dulles airport, Lufthansa CEO Juergen Weber described the airport as “medieval” in a news conference. I can only imagine how he would have felt had he ever passed through the old United 1K rooms there…

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Airport Security Lapse: the Screeners Themselves

The Washington Post reports that screening the screeners has been woefully inadequate, since several TSA employees have criminal histories More than two dozen federal airport screeners stationed at Los Angeles International Airport have been found to have criminal histories, prompting concern that the federal government did not complete required background probes of security personnel, people familiar with the matter said. The airport said it will begin fingerprinting and conducting criminal background checks next week on its federal airport screeners. Similarly, in New York, police have uncovered that at least 50 security screeners have criminal pasts at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Turns out this came to light when simply asking some Los Angeles employees whether they were in fact criminals and they said yes… Meanwhile, a TSA screener…

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