ice the size of a bowling ball fell from the sky, crashed through the family's roof and struck him on the head as he sat on a couch. Carlos Mendez, who lives across the street from the Modesto airport, has a bump on his head, but appears otherwise to be OK. "A little block of ice hit him in the back of the head," his mother said. "I think he was more scared." Authorities are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to find out where the chunk of ice came from. Source: http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=61937
12. August 21, KING5 (WA) — FBI searching for two suspicious ferry passengers. The FBI released a bulletin late Monday, August 20, that includes photographs of two men who have been seen acting suspiciously aboard Washington State ferries recently. One of the photos shows the men side−by−side and the other is a solo shot of one of them. They were snapped by a ferry employee who thought the pair acted suspiciously. "They had more than the average interest in the working parts of the ferry, the layout of the ferry, the size of it −− more than you would see in normal passenger," said FBI spokesperson Robbie Burroughs. The FBI says the men were seen on more then one ferry and more than one run over the past several weeks. They were also taking photos of parts of the boat, which the agents won't reveal, but that apparently aroused the suspicions of passengers and crew alike. Security has been high since a 2004 risk assessment in which the FBI logged scores of suspicious incidents on state ferries and labeled them a top potential maritime target. S o u r c e : h t t p : / / w w w . k i n g 5 . c o m / l o c a l n e w s / s t o r i e s / N W _ 0 8 2 0 0 7 W A B _ s u s p i c us_ferry_passengers_TP.53aaa2a3.html i o
August 20, Consumer Affairs — Billion−dollar LAX gate complex to serve giant jets. It will take five years and $1.2 billion but completion of a new 10−gate facility should be a big boon for the much−maligned Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Poor roadway access, inadequate parking, cramped terminals, and long waits for both security and baggage have caused both airlines and passengers to look for alternative airports. The new docking station will be used primarily by large jets from international destinations. The new facility, located west of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, will be connected by an underground tunnel and people−mover. LAX is the nation’s fifth−busiest airport, trailing Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, New York’s John F. Kennedy International, and Newark Liberty. Source: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/08/travel_lax.htm l
August 20, Brisbane Times (Australia) — AFP increases Brisbane airport security. Queensland, Australia, state police officers are now patrolling Brisbane airport in a move by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to boost counter terrorism security and reduce airport crime. An extra 25 officers of the Queensland Police Service have been attached to the AFP's airport uniform police program for two years while another 31 officers will go to Cairns and Coolangatta airports over the next nine months. The deployments, part of a national program, are designed as a terrorism prevention measure and to reassure the traveling public and airport workers. AFP Brisbane Airport Commander Steve Grant said Brisbane was the latest airport in Australia to have the uniformed officers on patrol. "The state police bring a new dimension to a multi−tiered approach to policing with the airport precincts −− and that is nationally across 11 airports," Grant said.
Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/news/afp−beefs−up−brisb ane−airport−security/2007/08/20/1187462155252.html