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Pilots Sleep in LAX Airport Parking Lots

KABC Bernadette with LAX rv's pilots use for sleeping

With the recent revelation regarding pilots who may have fallen asleep during a flight and overshot their destination. I found this interesting report from Los Angles radio station KABC. They sent the sexy intern Bernadette out to parking lot B to speak with pilots regarding sleeping in RV's in an airport owned parking lot that sits just below one of the approach paths. For just $60 per month pilots can park an RV and use it for layovers. Often with short turnarounds between flights it is faster to catch a shuttle over to Lot B than it is to catch a hotel shuttle, check in, and then return to the airport after resting. See Google Map below. Zoom out to see relationship with runways 25 Left and Right, the longest at LAX, and used by the big heavy jets.

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See more of Bernadette and photos she took. Don't be distracted by her clevage, be sure to listen to the audio clip embedded in the page.

Airport Searches of Laptops

airport secruity screening

A recent 51-page Privacy Impact Assessment supports the right of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to copy, download, retain or seize any content from laptops, cellphones or other electronic devices. Without giving any reason for the search or seizure. Read It.

Last months DHS Privacy Office report to Congress states that more than 144 million travelers were processed at US ports of entry between Oct 1st 2008 and May 5th 2009. Read It. Of those 1,947 electronic media searches took place. Of those 696 searches were of laptops. This could have been something as simple as turing on the unit to confirm it was indeed a working laptop and not a fake. Of those the officers conducted in-depth searches of 40 laptops. No description of what an in-depth search is, or how long they retained the equipment.

It should be noted that your equipment can currently be held for a maximum of 30 days. Officers must consult agency lawyers if they want to view a journalist's work-related data or a traveler's sensitive legal material or medical records.