Relatives of arriving or departing military personnel may now accompany or meet family members at the gates of airports nationwide -- including the three Washington-area airports -- rather than wait at security checkpoints, according to a change in U.S. Transportation Security Administration policy . . . Dulles International Airport officials and health-care providers in Fairfax and Loudoun counties are discussing the creation of a clinic at the airport. The center would treat passengers and airport employees for non-serious illnesses . . . Additional explosives detection machines will be added to the international airports in Miami, San Francisco, Phoenix, Boston and Los Angeles by the end of May . . . An American-made sound machine with recordings of bird screams was installed at Beijing Airport to frighten off feathered friends. But it didn't work because "local birds did not understand the foreign language" "spoken" by American birds, said the Beijing Evening News, as reported by Reuters.
-- Elissa Leibowitz Poma