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350 suspected terrorists blocked from planes

The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated Press has learned. Get the full story »

White House: Body scan concerns to be considered

An airline passenger under goes a full body scan at O'Hare Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

With the first U.S. holiday travel rush welling up, the White House said Monday the government will take into account the American public’s concerns and complaints as it evaluates rigid new airline boarding security checks.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said the government is “desperately” trying to balance procedures that maximize security and minimize invasiveness. He says the Transportation Security Administration procedures will continue to evolve. Get the full story »

Pat down of shirtless boy fans TSA ire

From The Washington Post | A cell phone video of four TSA agents patting down a shirtless boy at Salt Lake City’s airport is perpetuating criticism on tighter government screening of passengers.

Utah Valley University student Luke Tait shot the video Friday while waiting in a security line. Tait said the boy appeared so shy he couldn’t keep his arms raised for a pat-down, and the father removed his son’s shirt out of frustration to speed up the search. Get the full story>>

Feds holding firm on intrusive airport security

Despite a deluge of complaints over intrusive pat-downs and revealing airport scans, the government is betting Americans would rather fly safe than untouched. “I’m not going to change those policies,” the nation’s transportation security chief declared Wednesday. Get the full story »

Stepped-up airport patdowns drawing howls

Stepped-up security screening at U.S. airports in the wake of foiled terrorism plots has provoked an outcry from airline pilots and travelers, including parents of children who say they are too intrusive.

With the busiest holiday travel season nearing, fliers face long security lines and new rigorous patdown checks begun in recent weeks aimed at discovering hidden explosives. So some travelers are questioning whether to fly at all. Get the full story »