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This Time, I'm Pro Pat-Down

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Since 9/11, I have been one of those who has, almost always, argued for liberty over security. This is one instance, however, where we have to give up a little freedom in the interest of greater security.

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Share Your Stories from the Airport

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If you're one of the estimated 24 million people flying over the Thanksgiving holiday period, there's a chance you may get to experience the TSA's new security measures. If you encounter the full-body scanners or receive the "enhanced" pat-down, we want to hear from you.

Text your airport story to 69866 with the word SCAN in the message. And if you have an iPhone, snap a photo for us with our app.

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TSA Scanners and Pat-Downs: A Takeaway Listener's Review

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We've been hearing from listeners since last week about the TSA's new security procedures, from full-body scans to thorough pat-downs. In this segment we speak with one, who asked only to be called by her first name. Layla is a Takeaway listener from Detroit, who just flew from her home to San Diego and back. 

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How Seriously Should We Take Airport Security Boycotts?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Many air travelers, both passengers and pilots, have expressed their frustration with the full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs enacted by the Transportation Security Administration earlier this month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say our privacy is a small sacrifice for our safety, but many people don't think this is a tradeoff they want to accept.

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The Takeaway

Sec. Napolitano: Holiday Travel Comes With More Pat Downs

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun more thorough pat-downs at airport security checkpoints just weeks before holidays' heavy travel season. Many passengers have already complained of inappropriate contact and others are upset with the intimacy of the search. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains the new search procedures and the full-body scanning machines that have been set up in airports. She and the TSA are asking passengers to be patient and cooperate.

"The vast majority of the traveling public understands that this is a safety and security measure," Napolitano said. Read a full transcript

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Are the New Airport Scanners Making You Rethink Holiday Plans?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The backlash against new airport screening procedures is growing. Last month, the Transportation Security Administration started rolling out full body scanners that allow screeners to check for weapons concealed by clothing. If a passenger opts out of the scan, they must submit to an "enhanced" pat-down.

A group of fliers is calling for people to boycott the scanners over the Thanksgiving holiday, forcing screeners to conduct the pat-downs, causing disruptions at one of the busiest travel times of the year. The scanners take about 30 seconds, but the pat-downs last several minutes per passenger.

We'll ask Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the new policy, but we're asking you, Is this controversy causing you to rethink your travel plans during the holidays?

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Student Athletes WON'T have to pay up, self-service airport scanners, and cell service to hit NYC subways.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Oregon transit takes away parking spaces from crowded park and ride garage -- and puts in 74 biking parking spots.  Look at it this way, officials say:  you haven't lost eight spots --you've gained 74 bike spots!  (Oregon live)

Los Angeles Schools Chief, in reversal, says school athletes will NOT have to pay $24 towards transportation to sporting events.  He'll find "other financial options" to foot the $650,000 bill.  Good luck! (Los Angeles Times)

LaHood, Wisconisin Governor Doyle, get ready for "big announcement" on High Speed Rail Thursday. (Business Week).

The phone will be ringing off the hook: New York subway tunnels will also get wifi. (New York Daily News)

Self service "subway-style" scanners being tested at Houston airport.  Bloomberg

Suburban Nassau county sues NYC MTA for bus funding.  MTA says Nassau has been a deadbeat for a decade, Nassau says too bad, we're broke!  Buses could go private. (Long Island Press)

And crosswalks lights from around the world art installation graces Lower Manhattan construction zone:  (


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