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- A bill (H.R. 2431) introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would make it a federal crime to use falsified travel documents. Under the measure, it would be illegal to produce, transfer, possess, or use false travel documents. The bill would also provide training for transportation security officers on the best methods to identify false documents.

Premises Liability

- New York’s high court has ruled that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is immune from liability for the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. According to the court, the port authority was acting in a “governmental capacity” at the time of the bombing and, thus, has legal immunity.

The New Highwaymen

- Cargo thieves have grown increasingly sophisticated both in their selection of targets and in their operational planning. Still, incidents of cargo theft were down for the first half of 2011, perhaps a sign that some countermeasures are yielding results.

Transportation

- A bill (H.R. 3173) introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) would alter the application and distribution process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Currently, transportation workers must make at least two trips to a TWIC enrollment center every five years to apply for and then pick up and activate their cards. Sometimes workers travel hundreds of miles to the nearest enrollment center.

Calling All Protesters

- An agency’s attempt to ban cell phone service in advance of a protest raises questions about balancing safety and civil rights.

Escape the Wolf: Risk Mitigation; Personal Security Handbook for the Traveling Professional

- While Escape the Wolf is lengthy, it is well structured and easy to follow.

Morning Security Brief: Harsh Report for TSA, Police DNA Collection, College Transcripts Hacked, and More

- Republican lawmakers say TSA is pointless. St. Louis police to sue over DNA collection policy. F's are changed to A's after a university's computer system is hacked. And more.

TSA Reminds Travelers of iPhone App Ahead of the Holidays

- TSA has created an app to help travelers find out how they can legally travel with firearms and other frequently asked about items. Also,TSA won't be unwrapping presents at security checkpoints.

Airport Security

- A federal court has ruled against a group of 19 airlines that claimed the U.S. government overcharged them for passenger screening. The lawsuit concerned fees for 2000, which the TSA said were $420 million. Airlines argued that the amount was actually $305 million. The court ruled that TSA’s figures were reasonable.

TSA Debunks Scam Reported By New York Post Columnist

- TSA clears up rumors of agents charging to bring handicapped travelers to the front of the line.

Is It Really Possible To Trust Travelers?

- Part IV of Security Management's 9-11 Anniversary Special Focus: The newest attempt at a trusted traveler program.

Terror Watch List Suspects Held Pilot Licenses

- Twenty-seven licensed pilots and aircraft mechanics should never have been issued licenses because of their connections to terrorist groups.

House Subcommittee Explores Whether Wireless Broadband Expansion Could Affect Aviation Safety

- An up and coming broadband company is building a network that would make wireless Internet available to everyone in America. Now their plans to connect the entire country are facing criticism from aviation and GPS organizations who say expansion of wireless broadband services shouldn’t trump the importance of safety in aviation and maritime operations. But researchers say more study is needed to determine whether nationwide broadband would really affect transportation safety.
 




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