Aviation safety and security

People wait outside the Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, after some of its terminals were closed because a person has likely entered the "clean area" through an emergency exit door. The international airport tweeted Tuesday morning that terminal 2 and areas B and C of terminal 1 had been closed for police operations.(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
August 27, 2019 - 8:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police at Munich airport detained a passenger who left a terminal via an emergency exit instead of going through passport control, prompting a temporary partial shutdown of one of Germany's busiest airports Tuesday. Up to 5,000 passengers were affected by the disruption as federal...
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August 20, 2019 - 6:47 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake. Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, Police officers secure the area as a police tent covers the spot in Salisbury, England, where former Russian spy double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found critically ill following exposure to a nerve agent. President Donald Trump is levying more sanctions on Russia in connection with the alleged 2018 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 03, 2019 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has decided to exempt aviation safety and space exploration technology from new sanctions it has levied against Russia in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The State Department said late Friday that products...
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FILE - This March 12, 2013 photo shows the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport. The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft. A DHS alert recommends that plane owners ensure they restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft until the industry develops safeguards to address the issue, which was discovered by Boston-based cybersecurity company, Rapid7, and reported to the federal government. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
July 30, 2019 - 11:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security issued a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft. An alert from the DHS critical infrastructure computer emergency response...
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June 29, 2019 - 2:42 pm
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June 29, 2019 - 10:56 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Airport officials say the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will expand a security checkpoint to help alleviate long lines. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that officials expect to open five additional lanes at the South Security Checkpoint within the next...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:09 pm
The Trump administration is starting to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border to help handle the flow of migrants. The TSA said Wednesday it's supporting a Homeland Security Department effort, and the shift will affect less than 1% of its 60,000...
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Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during a House Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 15, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision...
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In this undated photo provided by Delta Air Lines, Stephen Dickson poses for a photo. Dickson is President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Federal Aviation Administration. (Delta Air Lines via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 5:20 pm
Stephen Dickson flew military jets then went on to pilot five different jetliners during a 27-year career at Delta Air Lines that was capped by running the company's daily operations. On paper, he checks all the boxes to become the next head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. But at a...
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FILE - This March 27, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane on the assembly line during a brief media tour of Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying. Boeing 737 Max accidents have raised concern over the ability of all pilots to handle automation. Still, aviation deaths are down sharply from the 1990s, and experts credit advances in aircraft and airport design, better air traffic control, and more pilot training. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 07, 2019 - 8:16 am
With plane crashes making headlines over the weekend, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing out that such...
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