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The TSA Found A Stun Gun Disguised As An Old Mobile Phone

In the last week of November, TSA officials around the country found 34 firearms, 27 of which were loaded, and 6 of which had rounds chambered. That’s a pretty standard haul for the agency, but another discovery caught our eye. In its Week in Review blog post, the TSA says […]
The TSA Found A Stun Gun Disguised As An Old Mobile Phone
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Here’s The Scene Of The LAX Shooting

There has been a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport today. A TSA officer was shot and killed at a passenger screening checkpoint and two other people were wounded. A total of six people were transported to hospitals. NBC reports that three other TSA agents have been wounded, one of […]
Here’s The Scene Of The LAX Shooting
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Why It Takes So Long To Get Through Airport Security

Although the TSA is set to expand its popular PreCheck fast lanes this fall, the agency is under pressure to speed up screening for even more fliers, so all aspects of the checkpoint experience are being scrutinized. However, there’s one culprit that isn’t going away anytime soon: bin gridlock. Simply […]
Why It Takes So Long To Get Through Airport Security
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A Woman Told Airport Security She Had An Atomic Bomb In Her Bag

[credit provider=”TSA”] A woman at Luis Munoz Marin International airport in San Juan told a gate agent she was carrying an atomic bomb last week.According to the TSA’s blog, “She had to explain to Puerto Rico Port Authority Police, FBI, and TSA that she was just joking.”
A Woman Told Airport Security She Had An Atomic Bomb In Her Bag
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Here’s The TSA’s defence For Stopping A 3-Year-Old Girl In A Wheelchair On Her Way To Disney World

[credit provider=”YouTube Screenshot” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oPloe08a3Q&sns=em”] After TSA agents stopped a wheelchair-bound three-year-old girl at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport earlier this month, the TSA felt prompted by media attention to clarify its side of the story. The parents of Lucy Forck, who has Spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, were furious after TSA […]
Here’s The TSA’s defence For Stopping A 3-Year-Old Girl In A Wheelchair On Her Way To Disney World
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A Box Of Human Heads Was Shipped From Rome To Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

[credit provider=”Orin Zebest/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/1806006866/”] A box of 18 human heads designated for a potentially suspicious research facility in suburban Chicago has been detained at O’Hare Airport.The heads, shipped from Rome, were meant for a facility that is “under investigation,” The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday, citing an unnamed source.
A Box Of Human Heads Was Shipped From Rome To Chicago’s O’Hare Airport
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The Drunk Man A Flight Crew Duct Taped To His Seat Will Not Be Prosecuted

[credit provider=”Mezane / Reddit” url=”http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/15xk93/glad_i_landed_safely_with_this_lunatic/c7qqb0f”] The man whom an IcelandAir flight crew and passengers restrained in his seat using duct tape and zip ties will not face criminal charges.The 46-year-old Icelandic man was escorted off the flight by police at JFK airport in New York at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Drunk Man A Flight Crew Duct Taped To His Seat Will Not Be Prosecuted
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The 21 Craziest Things The TSA Found In travellers’ Luggage This Year

[credit provider=”TSA” url=”http://blog.tsa.gov/”] Every day, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens about 1.8 million passengers, along with all of their luggage.Those searches produce a lot of interesting results. Every week, dozens of firearms are found, along with inert grenades, cleverly-concealed knives, exotic animals, throwing stars, and a surprising number of […]
The 21 Craziest Things The TSA Found In travellers’ Luggage This Year
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The TSA Found A Lot Of Grenades And Only 16 Guns Last Week

[credit provider=”TSA”] Every week, the TSA blog posts a roundup of various prohibited items its agents have discovered on passengers and in their bags.This week, the list included 10 grenades (four of them in carry-on bags) and 16 guns, nine of them loaded.
The TSA Found A Lot Of Grenades And Only 16 Guns Last Week
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Ex-TSA Screener Says Agents Laugh At ‘Nude’ Passengers In Private Rooms

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mmw_large.jpg”] In a post on the blog “Taking Sense Away,” an anonymous, self-described former TSA screener wrote that security agents in image operator rooms engage in “light sexual play” and laugh at nude images of passengers.The post, prompted by a request to “Tell us, please, what really […]
Ex-TSA Screener Says Agents Laugh At ‘Nude’ Passengers In Private Rooms
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travellers Would Rather Be Fingerprinted Than Deal With Airport Staff

[credit provider=” MIKI Yoshihito / Creative Commons” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mujitra/4391358751/”] A new survey finds that most travellers are willing to do a lot to get through the airport check-in and security as quickly as possible.For many of them, that means dealing with as few human beings as possible, and giving out more […]
travellers Would Rather Be Fingerprinted Than Deal With Airport Staff
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Security Workers At JFK Will Not Strike Tomorrow

[credit provider=”WikiMedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A%C3%A9roport_JFK_D%C3%A9cembre_2007_-_Terminal_9.jpg”] 300 security guards at New York’s JFK airport have called off the strike they planned to begin tomorrow, the New York Post reported.The employees of private companies Air Serv and Global Elite Group had voted last week to authorise the strike, to go ahead if their […]
Security Workers At JFK Will Not Strike Tomorrow
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Frequent Fliers Now Have Their Own Security Lines In Nashville

[credit provider=”bfishadow / Creative Commons” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/5634888796/”] travellers enrolled in some airline frequent flier programs will get through security lines at Nashville International Airport (BNA) more quickly, thanks to a newly implemented policy.Priority lanes at security checkpoints are now available to members of programs run by six airlines: Southwest, Delta, American […]
Frequent Fliers Now Have Their Own Security Lines In Nashville
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The TSA Found Yet Another Sword Hidden In A Cane Last Week

[credit provider=”TSA”] Friday’s edition of the “Week in Review” on the TSA’s blog, which rounds up the various prohibited items found by airport security agents, noted the discovery of yet another sword concealed in a passenger’s cane.In a November 2 post, TSA blogger Bob Burns described sword canes as “a […]
The TSA Found Yet Another Sword Hidden In A Cane Last Week
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JFK Security Workers Have Voted To authorise A Christmas Strike

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JFK_Terminal_1.jpg”] About 300 security workers at JFK airport in New York voted yesterday to authorise a strike beginning December 20, if their demands for higher pay and improved working conditions are not met, ABC reported.The workers are responsible for directing traffic on the tarmac, and some screenings […]
JFK Security Workers Have Voted To authorise A Christmas Strike
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JFK Security Workers Are Threatening To Strike Right Before Christmas

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JFK_Terminal_1.jpg”] Security guards at New York’s JFK Airport are threatening to strike just before Christmas, demanding significant improvements to their working conditions.About 300 workers will vote tomorrow to authorise the strike, which would begin December 20. They are also considering unionization, Crain’s New York Business reports.
JFK Security Workers Are Threatening To Strike Right Before Christmas
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The TSA Found A Rocket Launcher And 40 Stun Guns Last Week

[credit provider=”TSA”] The Transportation Security Administration found an expended AT-4 rocket launcher in a checked bag at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.In the Week in Review post on the TSA blog, Bob Burns also noted the discovery of an 8-inch knife hidden in a cane, a twist on […]
The TSA Found A Rocket Launcher And 40 Stun Guns Last Week
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The TSA Keeps Finding Swords Hidden In Passengers’ Canes

[credit provider=”TSA”] In the TSA’s “Week in Review,” a regular blog entry covering the various prohibited items confiscated from air travellers, one unusual item makes a surprisingly high number of appearances: the “sword cane.”In the November 2, entry, blogger Bob Burns wrote:
The TSA Keeps Finding Swords Hidden In Passengers’ Canes
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TSA Removes Controversial X-Ray Scanners From Major Airports

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mmw_large.jpg”] Months after a congressional report stated that controversial X-ray body scanners are a waste of money, the TSA has begun removing them from major airports.
TSA Removes Controversial X-Ray Scanners From Major Airports
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The American Who Flew To LA With Battle Gear In His Luggage Will Appear In Court Today

[credit provider=”ABC News” url=”http://abcnews.go.com/US/airport-weapons-suspect-yongda-huang-harris-investigators-hey/story?id=17447626#.UHgluhh5HJw”] LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities found he was carrying a suitcase full of weapons could find out Friday whether he will remain behind bars or be freed.A detention hearing is scheduled for Yongda Huang Harris, 28, before […]
The American Who Flew To LA With Battle Gear In His Luggage Will Appear In Court Today
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Police Officer Accidentally Fired A Flight Attendant’s Gun In Philadelphia

[credit provider=”Philadelphia International Airport” url=”http://www.phl.org/Pages/HomePage.aspx”] A Philadelphia police officer accidentally discharged a flight attendant’s gun Sunday after the Republic Airlines employee tried to bring the firearm through security.Flight attendant Jaclyn Luby was working her way through security at Philadelphia International Airport around 6:30 a.m. when TSA found the weapon, ABC […]
Police Officer Accidentally Fired A Flight Attendant’s Gun In Philadelphia
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10 Ways To Get Through Airport Security Faster Than Ever

[credit provider=”Flickr/Ben Poppen” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6162769594/in/photostream/”] Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the travel experience.Slow lines, grouchy TSA agents and borderline violations of privacy are just some of the joys you can hope to experience on your next trip to the airport.
10 Ways To Get Through Airport Security Faster Than Ever
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11-Year-Old Boy Exposes UK Airport Security Gap

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jet2white.JPG”] An investigation has begun at Manchester airport after an 11-year-old boy boarded a flight to Rome without a passport, boarding card or ticket, by apparently tagging on to another family.At least five members of Jet2.com staff who work at the airport have been suspended following the incident […]
11-Year-Old Boy Exposes UK Airport Security Gap
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Judge Declares Man Had A Constitutional Right To Get Naked To Protest Airport Pat-Down

[credit provider=”Fox News via Abdirizakxiireey/Youtube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDifwUdTIhQ”] An Oregon man who tore off his clothes to protest airport security was just exercising his free speech rights, a judge has ruled.Judge David Rees ruled John Brennan’s spontaneous strip-down was not indecent exposure because it was an act of protest, the Associated Press […]
Judge Declares Man Had A Constitutional Right To Get Naked To Protest Airport Pat-Down
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The Government Admits That TSA Body Scanners Are A Huge Waste Of Money

[credit provider=”(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) “] A new congressional report highlights “serious inefficiencies” in the Transportation Security Administration’s “management and deployment of screening technology” at U.S. airports.The report, published Wednesday and titled “Airport Insecurity: TSA’s Failure to Cost Effectively Procure, Deploy and Warehouse its Screening Technologies,” states that the TSA “is wasting […]
The Government Admits That TSA Body Scanners Are A Huge Waste Of Money
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Airport Security Is About To Get Faster—If You’re Willing To Pay Up

[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VTBS-Passenger_terminal_check-in_overview.JPG”] If long waits, pat-downs and body scans aren’t your thing, you’ll be thrilled to hear the Transportation Security Administration is working with two airlines to do away with all that. American and Delta are rolling out “Precheck,” a free service that takes the hassle out of modern-day flying, […]
Airport Security Is About To Get Faster—If You’re Willing To Pay Up
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Blogger Claims To Expose A Flaw In The TSA’s Nude Body Scanner

[credit provider=”TSA” url=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Backscatter_large.jpg”] A citizen has started a blog that supposedly reveals fatal flaws in the American Transportation Security Administration’s expensive nude body scanner system.Engineer Jonathan Corbett started a blog called TSA Out Of Our Pants to report on his ongoing lawsuit against the taxpayer-funded TSA’s nude body scanner and pat-down program.
Blogger Claims To Expose A Flaw In The TSA’s Nude Body Scanner
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REPORT: Bomb Scare At San Francisco International Airport

[credit provider=”David Pogue” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Pogue/status/173144358403584000/photo/1/large”] The San Jose Mercury News reports a suspicious package was observed at the San Francisco International Airport metal detector, causing a terminal to be closed.The package was spotted around 11:30 PST.
REPORT: Bomb Scare At San Francisco International Airport
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How To Get Through Airport Security Quickly

[credit provider=”TSA via Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mmw_large.jpg”] Last week, it was announced by the TSA and Homeland Security that the new TSA Pre✓ passenger-screening program will be expanded from 7 to 35 US airports.  As we heard about this program’s expansion, we thought it would be helpful for frequent travellers to better understand all […]
How To Get Through Airport Security Quickly
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Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used At U.S. Airports Because They Cause Cancer

[preserve] [/preserve] [credit provider=”TSA via Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mmw_large.jpg”] The European Union on Monday prohibited the use of X-ray body scanners [1] in European airports, parting ways with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which has deployed hundreds of the scanners as a way to screen millions of airline passengers for explosives […]
Europe Bans X-Ray Body Scanners Used At U.S. Airports Because They Cause Cancer
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A Scary Look At All Of The Recent Airport Security Breaches That Could Have Been Disastrous

[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UmarFarouk.jpg”] Security at airports worldwide has been beefed up since September 11th, 2001. Billions of dollars have been spent, thousands of new security guards have been trained, and our collective awareness has been greatly heightened.But none of that means we’ve become safer. In the last 10 years, the […]
A Scary Look At All Of The Recent Airport Security Breaches That Could Have Been Disastrous
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Global Entry Allows You To Bypass Immigration And Customs Lines At The Airport

[credit provider=”kalleboo via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalleboo/3536493996/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] A computer-generated email from my credit card company caught my eye and captured my imagination. Mind you, this is not my usual reaction to emails from American Express. Did you know there is a way to sail through immigration and customs – without being a […]
Global Entry Allows You To Bypass Immigration And Customs Lines At The Airport
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Army: Radiation From Airport Body Scanners Is Negligible

A new study of airport body scanners by U.S. Army scientists shows that the machines produce a low dose of radiation, supporting Transportation Security Administration claims that a screening is equivalent to the radiation a passenger gets in two minutes of flying.
Army: Radiation From Airport Body Scanners Is Negligible
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U.S. Warns Terrorists May Try To Surgically Implant Explosives In Humans To Blow Up Jets

[credit provider=”TSA via Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mmw_large.jpg”] Federal law enforcement officials have warned airlines that terrorists seeking to blow up commercial jets may seek to surgically implant explosives in their bodies, the Associated Press is reporting.Citing an unnamed security official, the AP says the warning is not in response to a […]
U.S. Warns Terrorists May Try To Surgically Implant Explosives In Humans To Blow Up Jets
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The 6 Most Shocking TSA Pat-Downs

[credit provider=”AP”] TSA officials at a Florida airport on Sunday forced a 95-year-old woman—suffering from leukemia and on her way to visit relatives with her daughter in Michigan—to take off her adult diaper and go through a security search for 45 minutes after they discovered something “suspicious” on her leg.This […]
The 6 Most Shocking TSA Pat-Downs
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Hijinx In Empty Dallas Terminal

[credit provider=”Jaunted” url=”http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/1/5/19237/65227/travel/Five+Things+to+Do+on+Your+Layover+at%3A+Dallas-Fort+Worth+Airport”] We’ve all dreamed of it. What would we do if we had an entire shopping mall, office building, or airport terminal to ourselves? The latter recently became a reality for Joe Ayala and Larry Chen.The two were stranded overnight in an empty terminal at Dallas Fort Worth […]
Hijinx In Empty Dallas Terminal
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Now Airport Security Can Track You On Your Smartphone

[credit provider=”AP”] A tech company based in Geneva has developed a new program that allows airport officials to track the movements of any passenger carrying a Wi-Fi device.SITA, the company behind the new tracking software, will unveil the technology at Copenhagen International Airport in the coming weeks. 
Now Airport Security Can Track You On Your Smartphone
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Man Rides Baggage Belt To Catch Flight, Gets Arrested Immediately

[credit provider=”New York Post” url=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/loon_has_lot_of_baggage_ZvUL4mhA9HcRsJ4vSiBa0O”] When Edward T. Hall III tried to make a flight from JFK to San Fransisco, he was refused entry because he couldn’t produce a photo ID. He responded by asking the ticket agent if she could “put [him] in a suitcase and send [him] down […]
Man Rides Baggage Belt To Catch Flight, Gets Arrested Immediately
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Why the ‘Patriot Pilot’ And The TSA Are Both Wrong

[credit provider=”AP”] The TSA’s response to the Patriot Pilot that posted video of airport ground crews seeming to bypass regular security has made them look more interested in self-protection than in security…but I’m not thrilled with the pilot, either. Both sides were wrong and both sides need to take steps to […]
Why the ‘Patriot Pilot’ And The TSA Are Both Wrong
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In defence Of The TSA, Pat-Downs, And Crappy Jobs

[credit provider=”AP”] I travel often, and until relatively recently I was doing over 100,000 miles a year. I’ve cut back a lot because my jobs have changed and I felt bad about my carbon footprint, but the bottom line is I’ve spent a lot of quality time with the TSA. […]
In defence Of The TSA, Pat-Downs, And Crappy Jobs