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This might be goodbye to many day return intercity trips

This might be goodbye to many day return intercity trips

Some unwelcome but probably essential changes to transport security are imminent in Australia

Let’s think again about the airport of the near future

Let’s think again about the airport of the near future

The push to IT revolutionize airports is on in earnest, but without action to curb its terrifying dystopian ramifications

Liquids, gels, petty theft and useless if not dangerous security measures at airports

Liquids, gels, petty theft and useless if not dangerous security measures at airports

The announcement of the end of the farcical ban on liquids, aerosols and gels at international airports in Australia by 2013 leaves a number of difficult questions unanswered. Such as, what happens when the new liquid explosives detecting scanners reveal that a person is carrying a litre of nitro-gylcerine or a half kilo of plastic […]

Does dividing passengers according to risk work?

Does dividing passengers according to risk work?

Was new IATA head Tony Tyler serious when he called for passengers to be divided into different categories of security risk and treated accordingly? There are no functional ‘trusted traveller’ programs working in regular air transport. In the US where a series of special private owned security channeling programs were set up the customers were […]

Security failure disrupts Qantas T3 Sydney flights

Security failure disrupts Qantas T3 Sydney flights

What is officially described as a ‘security breach’ is causing delays to flights at the Qantas domestic terminal in Sydney. It is in fact a ‘security failure’, in a security firm contracted to Qantas to stop this sort of nonsense happening but which has let the airline and its passengers down badly. However the reaction […]

TSA molestations and assaults on dignity continue to be out of control at US airports

TSA molestations and assaults on dignity continue to be out of control at US airports

Over the weekend the case of a 95 year old  woman who was humiliated by the TSA or Transportation Security Administration at a Florida airport has reignited the controversy over government backed criminal assaults and molestations of air travellers. The woman, a cancer sufferer who could barely walk, was told that her incontinencey diaper was […]

Not leaving on a jet plane

Not leaving on a jet plane

With parliamentarians, and unfortunately pilots, subscribing to the view that photo ID will somehow prevent or inhibit criminal activity at airports, it might be timely to look at where this nonsense leads. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xJCLffWoro&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] The YouTube is about the US experience, but how long before it is also the Australian experience?

Photo ID farce coming to our airports soon

Photo ID farce coming to our airports soon

Fairfax has this scoop on aviation and shipping security recommendations this morning, which for many air travellers may provide a lesson in what happens when sincere intentions succumb to security hysteria. The major issue will be compulsory showing of photo ID at airports. Photo ID doesn’t necessarily do any of things claimed for it. It […]

Beware of extra bags at Asian airports!

Beware of extra bags at Asian airports!

A major security investigation is underway at Jetstar Asia because of a complaint to Plane Talking by an alert passenger taking one of  its flights from Penang to Singapore before returning to Australia. This is the passenger’s report: We are alert and seasoned travellers. (It was the week that Osama Bin Laden had been taken […]

Does photo ID really improve airport security?

Does photo ID really improve airport security?

Is it time to apply the rules of common sense to the photo ID fetish in transport security? A report in today’s SMH says that “a parliamentary joint committee on law enforcement, which is holding hearings into the adequacy of Australia’s aviation and maritime security, has heard testimony that criminals are exploiting airlines’ self check-in […]