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Copenhagen Airport to Track Passengers Using Wi-Fi Data

If you ever find yourself with some time to kill at Copenhagen International Airport, there's a good chance that a company in Switzerland will know exactly how you chose to spend it. SITA, an aviation communications and technology company based in Geneva, recently created a new program capable of tracking passengers' movements, using the Wi-Fi signals emitted from their smartphones and...

New York Lawmakers Try to Ban Body Scanners From Airports

If city councilman David Greenfield gets his way, travelers passing through New York City airports will no longer be required to walk through body scanners before boarding their flights. Yesterday, Greenfield and six other council members introduced a legislative proposal which would prohibit all New York City-based TSA employees from using Advanced Imaging Technology, capable of seeing through a...

'Clear' Airport Line-Skipping Service Set for Fall Comeback

Last summer, Verified Identity Pass's (VIP) Clear -- a service that allowed travelers to bypass airport security checkpoints for a yearly fee -- went bankrupt overnight, and closed its doors. But according to a press release, the company has been purchased by new owners and they hope to revive the service in the fall. According to Gadling, AlClear, which recently purchased the assets for $6...

Joke Bomb Threat Tweet Gets Man Arrested

Only a fool in this era of high-level security would fake a bomb threat, let alone Tweet about it, but that's pretty much what Paul Chambers did last week via Twitter. The Inquirer reports that the 26-year-old UK native was set to the fly to Ireland from the Robin Hood airport in Finningley, South Yorkshire until he realized the airport was closed because of snow. Obviously frustrated -- and...

Airport Body Scanners Store and Transmit Images, Contradicting TSA Statements

When full-body scanning started popping up at airport security checkpoints last year, travelers and privacy groups were up in arms. After all, who wants a revealing image of himself or herself stored on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) computers? Since then, the TSA has reassured us that the scanners neither store nor transmit images. But according to a report from CNN,...

Online TSA Breach Finds Top Secret Security Documents Leaked

With all due respect to the artisans of the world, the average butcher, baker, or candlestick maker can probably commit the occasional FAIL without endangering too many people. If you're working at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), though, and your job consists of details like, oh, protecting America... a workplace mishap is a tad more serious As ABC News reports, someone from...

Woman Gets Stun Gun Past Airport Security Checkpoint

Airport security is cool and all, but when we're being forced to undress, bend over, and throw away our $4 Pepsi while a lady in Albany somehow gets her stun gun past the security checkpoint, we start to lose faith that this is all serving the greater good. On Saturday, Amy Burns passed through the security checkpoint at Albany International Airport with her child and a stroller in tow. It...

Mobile Edge's 'For Her' TSA-Friendly Laptop Bags Are Not Very Inspiring

We've seen Mobile Edge's ScanFast line of TSA-approved laptop bags before, so it was only a matter of time, we suppose, until there was a spate of the cases specifically for women. What does it mean, then, to be a laptop bag that is "designed for women by women?" Well, it helps to be pink or have faux alligator skin (or is that croc?) detailing, we can tell you that much. Regardless, the...