| Jun 28, 2011
The backdrop for my favorite science-fiction novels, Frank Herbert's "Dune" series, is something called the Butlerian Jihad. Some 10,000 years before the main events of the story take place, humanity rebelled against "thinking machines" —...
| Aug 8, 2013
If you're an air traveler who feels the urge to pull your hair out every time you enter a security line at the airport, you may have considered taking Amtrak or even the bus instead. If so, you may want to scratch that idea. The Transportation Security...
| Jan 5, 2010
| 6:42 PM
A man attempted to detonate his shoe on a flight diverted to Boston in 2001; eight years later all airline passengers are still walking barefoot through airport security.
In 2006 officials uncovered a plot to attack transcontinental flights with liquid...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 9:02 PM
Now that the fury has quieted over those touchy-feely pat-downs and body scans, it's time to turn up the volume on how to truly reform airport security.
The U.S. Travel Association, the tourism industry's key Washington lobbying group, did just that this...
| Nov 28, 2010
| 2:43 PM
The hubbub over revealing body scans and pat downs has once again elevated the debate over whether more airports should fire the government screeners and hire a private company to do the job instead.
But the privatization question has virtually nothing...
| Mar 27, 2012
One of the Transportation Security Administration's vaunted 20 layers of security has been looking a little porous lately, and the resulting dust-up is calling into question the effectiveness -- and the cost-effectiveness -- of post-9/11 airport...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 5:53 PM
There's so much common sense coming out of the Transportation Security Administration these days you might hardly recognize the mammoth federal agency the next time you fly.
New this week at Orlando International Airport: children under 12 are no...
| Sep 2, 2011
Philip Bramson's iPod vanished from his checked luggage on a recent flight to Mexico, and recovering it seemed impossible.
"It was hidden in my luggage, so it could only have been seen through the X-ray or a pretty thorough search," he says. "The only...
| Sep 5, 2011
Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said.
Based on intelligence that al-Qaida might attempt to strike again in the U.S.,...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 4:28 PM
The Transportation Security Administration announced new changes ahead of the holiday travel season Wednesday.
Children aged 12 and under will no longer be required to remove their shoes at check points.
The TSA has also swapped out software in the full...
| Dec 20, 2011
Sometimes when you travel, it's the little gestures of compassion that make the biggest difference -- especially during the holidays.
For Becky Brand, it was the bus driver on Washington's L2 line who went out of his way to help her during Thanksgiving...