Senator Charles Schumer

Senator Charles Schumer is calling for daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons following last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

The New York Democrat, joined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, is asking the Transportation Security Administration "to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports develop a daily screening plan that works for their facility.  There is simply no good reason not to take this step."

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A spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Agency says TSA agents discovered a firearm in the carry-on luggage of a man who was trying to board a plane at the Burlington International Airport.


Transportation Security Administration officials confiscated a loaded gun from a passenger’s carry on baggage at the Plattsburgh International Airport checkpoint.

Area democrats are urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reverse a decision that would allow passengers to bring small knives onto airplanes

3/12/13 - Panel

Mar 12, 2013

  Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, David Guistina from WAMC News, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Our topics are: New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling blocks limits on sugary drinks; NY GOP State Senators now open to Minimum Wage hike; the conclave to elect a new pope is underway; the TSA says yes to small knives on planes.