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European Union: new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for an EU framework on security scanners. This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security scanners for the screening of passengers to do so under strict operational and technical conditions. Member States and airports do not have an obligation to deploy security scanners, but if they decide to use them, they will have to comply with the operational conditions and performance standards set at European level such as or example that:

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Kenya: tourism minister issues open letter regarding piracy

According to eTurboNews, the Kenyan tourism minister Najib Balala has issued the follwoing open letter:

"The Government of Kenya is working closely with British, French and international authorities to ensure that acts of piracy; such as that committed [on October 2] on Manda Island; by Somali nationals are stopped and that hostages are released.

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USA: Court of Appeals finds airport body scanners constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the government's use of body-imaging scanners at the nation's airports, ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travelers. The judgement noted that passengers may avoid the scans by opting to undergo a pat-down by a screening agent. The ruling was a not a total win for the government. The judges said the TSA had not given the public the required opportunity to comment on the screening program before it was put into effect.

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USA: Texas lawmakers want to ban invasive pat-downs at airports

Lawmakers pushing a bill to ban invasive searches of airline passengers without a reason to think they have committed an offense said they were steaming ahead despite a decision by the federal Transportation Security Administration to reduce pat-downs of children. The Texas legislation, as drafted, would make it a crime of official oppression if federal employees perform a search that involves touching a person's private parts without probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense.

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Houston: Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, in coordination with, is producing the first-ever Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel - a conference that places legal, safety and security solutions for the travel industry under one roof.

Date: August 25-28, 2011

Venue: Houston

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Egypt: Minister of Tourism initiates new tourism campaign

After the civil unrest, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour is launching a campaign to bring tourists back to Egypt. The ministry plans to make use of the power of modern communication technology and online and social media to spread the message that Egypt is a safe and secured tourist destination.

A number of European countries have already reduced their travel warnings.

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USA: DHS not obliged to disclose air traveler security images

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued the federal government over the body scanner images taken at security checkpoints in airports. The center wanted the government to release images which were created to give officials at the Transportation Security Administration an idea of the effectiveness of its detection technology. The center thus wanted to determine how the technology would impact privacy and civil liberty concerns.

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USA: airline not liable for accident at TSA security control

Plaintiff went with her son to the American Airlines terminal at JFK airport, New York, to take a flight to the Dominican Republic. After she checked her baggage she went to the security checkpoint.  She presented her passport to a TSA employee at the checkpoint, but before going through the metal detector, plaintiff tripped over the upturned corner of a rug and fell forward, her arms, forehead and knees striking the floor.  After the fall, American employees and TSA personnel helped her into a chair, rolled up the rug and put it in a corner.

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USA: reasonable standard of care applies on pilot decisions to disembark passengers under Tokyo Convention

On September 29, 2003, a group of Egyptian businessmen, their wives and a Brazilian fiancée, boarded Alaska Airlines Flight 694 in Vancouver, British Columbia.The nine plaintiffs took up all but three of the first class seats. According to an American passenger who sat next ot one of the plaintiffs, the flight attendants treated the Egyptians badly. She saw no sign that any person in the first class section was drunk, nor did she  observe any misconduct of any kind on the part of the passengers.

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US Airport search angers Indian diplomat

When visitors to the US are treated to the "Pat-Down," it does little to encourage visitors to return and is likely to do just the opposite and keep them away from the US.