TSA spreads its wings beyond U.S. airports

Freedom New Mexico Weren’t airport pat downs enough? The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its reach of checkpoints and control far beyond protecting airports. “TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass-transit locations around the country,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Ray Dineen, the air marshal […]

TSA security pat downs going too far

Freedom New Mexico Americans have been upset at the extreme security measures imposed at airports by the Transportation Security Administration. YouTube videos show passenger pat-downs — with touching that appears far too intrusive — have been done on children and a former Miss USA. The latest controversy involves 95-year-old Lena Reppert, suffering from leukemia. June […]

Let airports decide on own safety measures

As we approach the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgiving week, the government’s approach […]

Local airports land funds for improvement

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 […]

Local airports consider future

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Marti Roberts, a foreman with K Barnett & Sons of Clovis, performs sub grade work on a taxiway Tuesday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Construction crews were working to expand the taxiway next to the hangers at the airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Tom Baca, director of Aviation […]

Feds shouldn’t be involved with airport security

Freedom Newspapers Singer Patti LuPone was recently barred from a flight in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., because she complained when asked to take off her shirt. Other women have complained that they have been subjected to pat-downs of their breasts and other indignities at airport security checkpoints. Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration […]

Grant would fund flights to Dallas

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor For the third time in as many years, Clovis Municipal Airport Manager Stephen Summers is banking on a federal grant to help send passengers to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And he has a heavy hitter backing his proposal. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Wednesday threw his support toward […]