For the first time since the September 11th attacks, some commercial airline passengers are checking their
baggage in at the curb.
At San Francisco International Airport, United, American, Continental and TWA are checking bags at the curb. At San Jose
International, only American Airlines had resumed curb service as of Monday.
Only Continental has been certified by the Federal Aviation
Administration to offer curb service at Oakland International.
Airport officials say airline skycaps must undergo new background checks. They must
also undergo additional security training. And the computerized kiosks at the curb must be nearly identical to those inside. That way, additional screening can be
done of passengers whose names are flagged for scrutiny.