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Travelers lose 25,000 items in Florida airport rampage

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Dan and Janice Kovacs and their two children were passing through airport security when the gunfire erupted. They were shoeless — with wallets, passports and carry-on items chugging along a conveyer belt — when they sprang into the mass of people running to safety. Now …

The quest to end lost airline luggage

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit. As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would …

Expansion announced for Dubai’s second international airport

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is already home to the world’s busiest international travel airport and now authorities have announced expansion plans for the city-state’s second airport. The plans announced on Wednesday affect the Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. Officials hope it will someday handle …

TSA increases screening of airport and airline employees

NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is increasing random checks of airport and airline employees who hold badges that enable them to bypass security checkpoints. The decision follows instances in the past two years in which employees used restricted entrances to smuggle guns and launder money. It’s also …

Bangkok airport denies security slip after Tokyo finds a gun

BANGKOK (AP) — Airport officials in Thailand say they followed proper security measures and gave no special treatment to Bangkok’s former police chief who was arrested earlier this week in Tokyo with a loaded gun in his luggage. Lt. Gen. Comronwit Thoopgrajank was arrested Monday at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport …

Thai officials seize illegal ivory at airport

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai customs officials said Friday they have seized 105 kilograms (230 pounds) of smuggled ivory worth 16 million baht ($500,000) at Bangkok’s international airport. The haul of tusks and ivory beads was headed from Angola to Cambodia when it was found in a routine bag scan Thursday …

Small airports irked by removal of body scanners

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Managers at dozens of small airports have expressed outrage at federal officials for hauling new full-body scanners away from their facilities and sending them to large hubs that haven’t yet upgraded older machines criticized for showing too much anatomy. U.S. Transportation Security Administration contractors were threatened …