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By By Mark R. Madler | November 3, 2005
Torrance native moves from Kauai airport to Burbank to take over as director of security.BURBANK -- Working for the federal agency charged with security at the nation's airports, Shannon Garcia-Hamilton knows what a huge responsibility security screeners have. She also knows that their work can be mundane, repetitive and very much in the public eye, which is why when she takes over next month as the new federal security director at Bob Hope Airport, those workers will be getting her support.
NEWS
February 19, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Security screeners at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport and nationwide will be under federal supervision starting Sunday. The change is expected to be invisible for travelers, officials said. Current screeners, who were contracted with private security agencies, will have their contracts taken over by the federal government's Transportation Security Administration. Starting Nov. 19, all scanners will be required to be federal employees.
LOCAL
By By Mark R. Madler | January 18, 2006
Airport authority keeps an eye on legislation to contract out security checking.AIRPORT DISTRICT -- The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is keeping its eye on pending legislation that would allow airport security to be contracted out to private companies. The change in how the Transportation Security Administration conducts security screenings at the nation's airports is part of a reorganization that California Rep. Dan Lungren proposed. Lungren, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, gave a briefing on the legislation and conducted a question and answer session during an aviation conference last week, which four airport authority commissioners attended.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | September 29, 2006
BURBANK — The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday eased up on regulations that prohibited travelers from carrying liquids aboard airplanes — a policy that was instituted after a foiled terrorist plot in England threw airport security into turmoil worldwide. The modified regulations will allow passengers to bring toiletry items weighing 3 ounces or less aboard planes, as long as they bring them in a transparent, 1-quart-sized sealable bag. Passengers must place the bag into bins at the security checkpoints for inspection, along with their other carry-on luggage, said Nico Melendez, regional spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | September 25, 2009
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A 47-year-old woman who authorities said tried to smuggle nearly 22 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at Bob Hope Airport is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cecilley Grant, of Queens, N.Y., was transferred to Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, where she has been held in lieu of $1-million bail. Grant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts related to possessing, selling and transferring cocaine after airport police arrested her Sunday, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | November 9, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A patriotic chorus of voices singing "God Bless America" filled the Bob Hope Airport Skyroom on Wednesday, a place usually bustling with the discussions of airport executives and officials. The singers, clad in blue-and-white Transportation Security Administration uniforms, had taken a break from their posts at the Los Angeles International Airport to entertain more than 50 attendees at the Burbank airport's 3rd annual ceremony to honor its top security officers.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 19, 2007
BURBANK ? The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is moving forward with a multimillion-dollar project that will improve security, airport officials said. The $10-million security improvement project will now move from the airport authority to the city of Burbank, where officials will review the airport?s application for development review, ensuring that it is consistent with the development agreement between the airport and Burbank, Community Development Director Sue Georgino said.
NEWS
January 15, 2003
Laura Sturza Madelyn Sawyer, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport's federal security director, has left her post -- less than five months after being appointed to the position. The departing director was instrumental in overseeing the transition from contracted to federal baggage screeners, and for building a cooperative relationship between the Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Administration, said Mike Post, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport security chief.
NEWS
September 27, 2002
Laura Sturza When the Transportation Security Administration takes charge Tuesday of screening all passengers and bags at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, it will be the first airport in Southern California to do so. While transitioning from a contracted staff to a federal one, Burbank Federal Security Director Madelyn Sawyer intends to provide passengers with excellent customer service. "From the moment you walk up to the checkpoint to the time that you board the aircraft, we want it to be friendly," Sawyer said.
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NEWS
November 26, 2010
I too dislike the new, more personally intrusive airport security procedures, but I would dislike it much, much more if a bomb-carrying homicidal maniac slipped through airport security and got aboard a plane that I was flying on. So I am willing to submit to the new disliked procedures, knowing that many others and I will be safer. We have all seen the plethora of media reports about those who vehemently object to the new intrusive procedures. Would those same individuals also object to the intrusiveness of those trying to reassemble their bodies after their plane was blown out of the sky?
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LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | September 25, 2009
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A 47-year-old woman who authorities said tried to smuggle nearly 22 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at Bob Hope Airport is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Cecilley Grant, of Queens, N.Y., was transferred to Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, where she has been held in lieu of $1-million bail. Grant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts related to possessing, selling and transferring cocaine after airport police arrested her Sunday, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | September 19, 2007
BURBANK ? The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is moving forward with a multimillion-dollar project that will improve security, airport officials said. The $10-million security improvement project will now move from the airport authority to the city of Burbank, where officials will review the airport?s application for development review, ensuring that it is consistent with the development agreement between the airport and Burbank, Community Development Director Sue Georgino said.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | November 9, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A patriotic chorus of voices singing "God Bless America" filled the Bob Hope Airport Skyroom on Wednesday, a place usually bustling with the discussions of airport executives and officials. The singers, clad in blue-and-white Transportation Security Administration uniforms, had taken a break from their posts at the Los Angeles International Airport to entertain more than 50 attendees at the Burbank airport's 3rd annual ceremony to honor its top security officers.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | September 29, 2006
BURBANK — The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday eased up on regulations that prohibited travelers from carrying liquids aboard airplanes — a policy that was instituted after a foiled terrorist plot in England threw airport security into turmoil worldwide. The modified regulations will allow passengers to bring toiletry items weighing 3 ounces or less aboard planes, as long as they bring them in a transparent, 1-quart-sized sealable bag. Passengers must place the bag into bins at the security checkpoints for inspection, along with their other carry-on luggage, said Nico Melendez, regional spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | September 12, 2006
BURBANK — Security personnel halted both security checkpoints at the Bob Hope Airport at 8:46 a.m. on Monday for a brief moment of silence to commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Following the observance, the airport's Federal Security Director Shannon Garcia-Hamilton spoke to Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Commissioners about the great strides in airport security since the inception of the federal Transportation Security Administration in 2002.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | September 11, 2006
BURBANK — Years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, heightened preparedness and caution continue to pervade the air travel and public safety climate. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, have had lasting effects on what goes on every day in airports nationwide. And airport security provisions continue to evolve along with terror alert forecasts and international events. When television screens at the Bob Hope Airport broadcast live footage that fateful morning of two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York, passengers were already inside the terminal, waiting for their morning flights, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.
LOCAL
By By Mark R. Madler | January 18, 2006
Airport authority keeps an eye on legislation to contract out security checking.AIRPORT DISTRICT -- The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is keeping its eye on pending legislation that would allow airport security to be contracted out to private companies. The change in how the Transportation Security Administration conducts security screenings at the nation's airports is part of a reorganization that California Rep. Dan Lungren proposed. Lungren, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, gave a briefing on the legislation and conducted a question and answer session during an aviation conference last week, which four airport authority commissioners attended.
LOCAL
By By Mark R. Madler | November 3, 2005
Torrance native moves from Kauai airport to Burbank to take over as director of security.BURBANK -- Working for the federal agency charged with security at the nation's airports, Shannon Garcia-Hamilton knows what a huge responsibility security screeners have. She also knows that their work can be mundane, repetitive and very much in the public eye, which is why when she takes over next month as the new federal security director at Bob Hope Airport, those workers will be getting her support.
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