• The 'Swiss cheese model' explains how the US government shutdown is making air travel more dangerous by the day

    7 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    The government shutdown has sidelined flight-safety inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration.
    One of those inspectors told New York magazine that the longer the shutdown goes on, "the more opportunity there is to introduce potential risk."
    He invoked the "Swiss cheese model" to explain how removing one of the layers of flight safety could make air travel more dangerous.
    An unintended consequence of the US government shutdown is that it could make air travel much more dangerous.
    Already, the shutdown has sidelined, or forced to work without pay, thousands of airport security...
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  • TSA Problems Causing Travel Nightmare At Atlanta's Airport, The World's Busiest

    TSA Problems Causing Travel Nightmare At Atlanta's Airport, The World's Busiest

    7 monthes ago - By Fortune

    Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is feeling the effects of the ongoing partial government shutdown more than most.
    Security lines at the hub were an hour to 90 minutes Monday, causing many flyers to miss their flights. This comes after reports Sunday that a traveler managed to board a flight from Atlanta carrying a firearm earlier this month.
    The passenger with the firearm eventually reported it to the airline, saying they had forgotten the weapon was in their carry-on luggage. There was no flight delay or other incident arising from the mistake.
    The troubles at Atlanta are...
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  • Houston Airport has shut down the TSA checkpoints in one of its terminals because there aren't enough TSA officers willing to work unpaid during the government shutdown

    Houston Airport has shut down the TSA checkpoints in one of its terminals because there aren't enough TSA officers willing to work unpaid during the government shutdown

    7 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas has closed the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in one of its terminals due to a lack of security staff amid the government shutdown .
    Ticket counters and the security checkpoint in Terminal B closed down over the weekend.
    The airport told Business Insider that the checkpoint will remain closed until the TSA can provide enough people the staff it.
    Terminal B's gates will remain open and passengers flying through the facility will need to be screened at other terminals.
    United Airlines is Terminal B's largest...
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  • A Delta passenger brought a gun on a flight as the government shutdown spurs TSA agents across the country to abandon work

    A Delta passenger brought a gun on a flight as the government shutdown spurs TSA agents across the country to abandon work

    7 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    A Delta Air Lines passenger boarded a January 2 flight with a firearm, a Delta representative confirmed to Business Insider.
    The Delta representative said that once the passenger disclosed the firearm's presence, the airline contacted the Transportation Security Administration .
    A TSA representative said "standard procedures were not followed" during the screening process, but said the agency was not experiencing a staffing issue due to the government shutdown on the day of the incident.
    A Delta Air Lines passenger boarded a January 2 flight with a firearm, a Delta representative confirmed...
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  • TSA: Government shutdown not to blame for gun passing through Atlanta airport checkpoint, onto Delta flight

    TSA: Government shutdown not to blame for gun passing through Atlanta airport checkpoint, onto Delta flight

    7 monthes ago - By Biz Journals

    A traveler reportedly carried a firearm through the Atlanta airport and onto a Delta flight, but the security lapse was not related to the government shutdown, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
    CNN cited a TSA statement saying a traveler carrying a firearm boarded a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Tokyo Narita International Airport on Jan. 3. TSA said a normal amount of staffers were working that day and that...
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