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Sen. Dodd slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets

Airports begin to receive whole-body scanners

DALLAS - Only 19 U.S. airports have received sophisticated imaging machines that can detect explosives hidden in clothing.


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Web Posts Suggest Depressed, Lonely Terror Suspect

Internet postings purportedly written by a Nigerian charged with trying to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day suggest a religious and depressed young man who fantasized about becoming a Muslim holy warrior.

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attempted Plane Bombing

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner.

Metal Detectors Useless in Finding Powerful Explosive PETN

Magnetometers — the metal detectors passengers walk through before boarding airplanes — can detect firearms and box-cutters, but they're useless for detecting the powerful explosive PETN.

Terror Suspect Wasn't Considered Threat

The alleged Christmas Day terrorist had been in one of the U.S. government's many terror databases since November, which is when his father brought him to the attention of embassy officials in Nigeria.

Security on High Alert After Attack

The U.S. government tightened airline security as it searches for answers to how a 23-year-old Nigerian man eluded extensive systems intended to prevent attacks like his botched Christmas Day effort to blow up a Northwest flight from overseas.

Airlines: New Rules in Place to Keep Travelers in Seats

Some airlines are telling passengers that new security regulations prohibit them from leaving their seats beginning one hour before landing.

Report: Father of Terror Suspect Warned U.S. About Son

The father of a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane on Christmas Day reportedly warned the U.S. about his son's extreme religious views and activities, Nigerian newspaper This Day reported.