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Travel Industry Praises 2009 Homeland Security Appropriations

- The U.S. travel industry applauded the president's funding of DHS programs that will help make tourism to the U.S. less burdensome.


- 204 The number of canine explosives detection teams the Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy in 2008, in addition to 426 already fielded, according to the Government Accountability Office.

TSA Now Recognizes Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags

- As of Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration is recognizing checkpoint-friendly laptop bags.

Amtrak's Counterterrorism Program Heads West

- A mobile unit of 19 counterterrorism agents will randomly screen passengers for explosives and look out for suspicious behavior at California rail stations.

Sexual Assaults on Cruise Liners May Be More Frequent Than Previously Reported

- Victims' rights advocates allege the cruise industry minimizes the amount of sexual assaults that take place on their ships.

DHS To Improve Customer Service for International Travelers

- Three new DHS initiatives aim to make entry into the United States easier for international travelers.

Trucking Pork?

- New York Congressman Anthony Weiner says a DHS program to train truckers to spot terrorists is one more example of pork-barrel spending that's harming the amount of money high-risk cities receive for homeland security. (updated)

CNN: Marshals on Less than 1 Percent of U.S Flights

- Sources claim armed air marshals fly on fewer than 1 percent of U.S. flights, while federal officials say 6.5 percent of flights carry an an armed crew member or law enforcement officer.

A Site for Safe Transit

- As the United States examines how best to secure its mass transit systems, it may be helpful to look at what its northern neighbor is doing.

Amtrak Increases Security Measures

- Amtrak to introduce mobile security teams to deter a terrorist attack on its rail lines.

When Executives Go Their Separate Ways

- Nearly all major corporations have policies prohibiting high-level personnel from traveling together, according to Jack Riepe, communications director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Now, more and more mid-size companies are getting into the act as well, says one high-level aviation insurance executive who asked not to be named.

Tough Track for Railroads

- Passenger and freight railroads face an uphill battle in their efforts to secure the line.

Hazardous materials

- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will begin the final phase of its Hazmat Threat Assessment Program. Commercial truck drivers applying for a license to carry hazardous materials will be fingerprinted and will have to pass a criminal records check and an immigration status check before they are issued a license. (The drivers were already subjected to a background check to determine any terrorist affiliation during phase one of the program.) Those disqualified under the program can appeal the decision. Drivers who give up their current hazardous-materials license will not be required to undergo the final phase of the program. Drivers who pass the screening are required to be recertified at least every five years. @ The TSA’s announcement and details of the program are available at SM Online.

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