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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Sexual assault at the airport

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials touch women in brassieres and vaginas, while men can expect a kind of groin check. What the TSA does at airports is considered sexual assault anywhere else. US airports fed up with the TSA can legally opt out of using government screeners in favor of private contractors. But the TSA fights back and defends its near-monopoly position. If the small Orlando Sanford International Airport wants to opt out of using TSA officers in 2011, the US federal government denies its request after a negative TSA advice.Other airports are not deterred, however. Sacramento International Airport requests...
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Are seat belts on planes pointless?

Ryanair's boss, Michael O’Leary, claims forcing passengers to wear seat belts is useless as they will not save passengers in a crash. Seat belts do not matter and are insisted upon only by authorities who are plonkers, O'Leary was quoted as saying in the British newspaper The Telegraph. O'Leary is the man who considers his passengers stupid, as you can read here. Thus, his passengers now get company of authorities. O'Leary is also the man who said that there should be standing-room only at the back on a plane. When it comes...
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The top-10 airports for TSA Theft

After a flight in the USA you may observe on arrival that the lock on your bag is broken. You may find a notice of baggage inspection from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) saying that a TSA officer was forced to break the locks to search your bag.

The notice also says TSA is not liable for damage it has caused, that the contents were returned to your bag and that the TSA appreciates your understanding.

However, it does not tell you that something may be missing. Yet, there are TSA officers...

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Save money and possibly your life

Economy passengers are more likely to survive a plane crash than those sitting in the front of the plane, where first class and business class are located. Scientists conclude this from an experiment arranged by the British Channel 4 and television production company Dragonfly.

In April 2012, they send an old Boeing 727 into the skies carrying dummies with breakable bones, cameras and sensors. At 762
meters (2,500ft), the pilot parachutes out of the plane, while a pilot in a following Cessna uses a...
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How to make an emergency landing?

A SKY2 and a KTLA helicopter are covering a news story in Hollywood about a reported gunman. Suddenly, SKY2 pilot Dan Catalano notices that the other chopper is spewing smoke from the engine. He advises the pilot, Tim Lynn, to land. Tim declares an emergency and lands in an empty parking lot on Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, while there is white and blue smoke behind him.. Lynn and KTLA photographer Jeff Laabs quickly exit, uninjured, from the chopper. A crack in the engine caused an oil leak, which led to the emergency according to fire officials. Watch the video....
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Security illusion

Daniel Casillo (31) is having fun on August 10, 2012 while racing on jet skis in New York's Jamaica Bay, until his watercraft stalls. He calls for help, but to no avail. Thus, he starts to swim to the lights he sees.

He makes it to land, where the lights appear to be John F. Kennedy airport's runway lights. Casillo climbs an 8-foot barbed-wire perimeter fence and walks undetected across two runways into Delta Air Lines' terminal 3.

He is dripping wet and wears his bright yellow life jacket when a...

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