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  • Woman manages to board Delta flight with no ID or boarding pass, woman says

    10/06/2019 5:11:14 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 October 2019 | David Aaro
    A woman managed to board a Delta flight from Orlando to Atlanta with no ID or boarding pass, says a passenger who helped uncover the alleged security breach after the woman in question took her seat. Delta and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were investigating how it happened, Fox 35 reported. According to the passenger who didn't want to be identified, the woman refused to get up from the seat. "I also had a boarding pass for that seat, and she said very bluntly, 'I'm not moving.'" The passenger told WFTV she asked for a flight attendant who came over...
  • Parade panic in NJ: the terrorists have succeeded in scaring public officials, if not the public

    09/13/2019 10:17:36 AM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    After the 9/11 attacks, we began to hear that cliche about how “the terrorists will have won” if we let ourselves become so consumed with fear that we no longer act rationally. Well, the future is now. That’s my reaction to that decision to cancel the annual Labor Day parade in South Plainfield because a guy left some fireworks in a bar in Sea Bright. When I got an email from the Governor’s Office Monday morning saying this year’s parade had been canceled, I figured it might be because of the weather. -snip- Nope. It soon turned out that the...
  • Save us from the pointless burdens of the TSA

    09/09/2019 10:09:51 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9 Sep 2019 | Karol Markowicz
    The people shuffle along, shoeless, ready for their full-body check. Their belongings have been taken from them. If they question any part of this, in any way, they are quickly removed and taken to an undisclosed location. No, it’s not prison — it’s the security check at your local airport. Why do we stand for it? The Transportation Security Administration was established in the wake of 9/11, when Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. Before that, private security agencies hired by the airlines handled security at the airports. After the attacks, people demanded the government “do something” —...
  • American Airlines mechanic in Miami charged with sabotaging plane. It aborted takeoff.

    09/05/2019 9:01:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    An American Airlines mechanic was arrested Thursday on a sabotage charge accusing him of disabling a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport earlier this summer. The reason, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court: Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations. None of the passengers and crew on the flight to Nassau were injured because the tampering with the so-called air data module caused an error alert as the pilots powered up the plane’s engines...
  • U.S. Versus Israeli Aviation Security

    09/03/2019 9:05:43 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 7 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 9/3/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    Israel, which has experienced much terrorism, both within its borders and against its citizens around the world, is generally acknowledged to be expert in the field of aviation security. To say that Israel takes such matters seriously, especially at its airports and onboard the planes of its flag carrier, El Al, would be an understatement. So: Can the U.S., with its gargantuan air transportation system, learn anything from Israel when it comes to aviation security? The short answer is “yes,” but with caveats. For starters, let’s look at how security at the airport level – which is where most flyers...
  • Fliers can sue over airport screener abuses -U.S. appeals court

    08/30/2019 6:44:23 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 23 replies
    A federal appeals court on Friday handed a victory to travelers who object to invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, saying screeners are not absolutely immune from lawsuits accusing them of abusive conduct. (Snip) It is a victory for Nadine Pellegrino, a business consultant from Boca Raton, Florida, who with her husband sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 incident at Philadelphia International Airport. (Snip) She was eventually jailed for about 18 hours and charged with assault, making terroristic threats and other crimes, which she denied. Pellegrino was acquitted at a March 2008...
  • Why Does TSA Make Most U.S. Flyers Remove Their Shoes?

    08/29/2019 9:42:28 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 100 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/29/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    It’s a safe bet to say that hundreds of millions of U.S. flyers since Reid’s attempted attack have had to remove their shoes while passing through a TSA security checkpoint. TSA also says that since the screening of shoes was initiated it has screened close to 10 BILLION (with a ‘B’) of them. The security agency says the figure is a “conservative estimate,” too. This is where we must ask ourselves why we’re still taking our shoes off, given there’s never been a shoe bomb-style attack that’s originated on U.S. soil. Indeed, Reid as well as the infamous Underwear Bomber...
  • Some U.S. Airports Use Private Security Screening Companies...

    08/26/2019 9:14:38 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 7 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/26/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    ... [However], there are currently 22 airports -- including San Francisco’s and Kansas City’s -- which have been allowed to participate in what the federal security agency call its “Screening Partnership Program.” In fact, since 2004, all commercial air facilities falling under federal security oversight (they’re known as “federalized airports”) can apply to privatize their security screening services. .... How effective is private security screening versus the screening provided at airports by TSA? The answer is difficult to determine, but several government or government-sponsored studies say that private screeners, when properly supervised, are at least as efficient and possibly less...
  • TSA Agent Fired After Passing Rude Note to Traveler...

    08/16/2019 9:55:48 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 19 replies
    ABC7 News ^ | 8/16/2019 | ABC7
    A New York airport security worker is without a job because of a two-word message she wrote on a piece of paper. In the security video of the incident Neal Strassner requested himself, as he passes through a metal detector, the TSA agent hands him a note. Not thinking much of it, Strassner continues to go about boarding his flight when the agent calls back to him to open it. Strassner says the note read, "You ugly." "You never really know where somebody is in their day or their head. The more you think about it the more you realize...
  • New evidence shows why Steele, the Ohrs and TSA workers never should have become DOJ sources

    08/15/2019 4:29:04 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/15/19 | John Solomon
    New evidence shows why Steele, the Ohrs and TSA workers never should have become DOJ sources One of the inevitable outcomes of the Russia case will be that the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost certainly will need internal reforms. The first reform is the most obvious, given the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative: a new set of rules governing when the FBI can investigate or spy on a First Amendment-protected political campaign during an election. The FBI never should have been allowed to sustain a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign based on hearsay from Australian diplomat Alexander Downer,...
  • It Takes TSA 252 Days to Hire a Screener... (Seriously?)

    08/14/2019 8:33:53 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 33 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/12/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    In March 2019, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that the Transportation Security Administration was taking far too long to hire its security screeners. On average, TSA takes 252 days to hire screeners, who are frontline employees vital to the agency's mission. In private industry, it usually only takes from a few days to four months to hire a new employee, according to the Workable human resources website. ... Given the role played by its security screeners it's, of course, essential that TSA work toward hiring only the most capable, most qualified candidates. However, by any reasonable standard,...
  • Can Pay Raises Improve TSA Screener Morale, Staffing Numbers?

    08/03/2019 4:50:21 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 39 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/1/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    According to a June 12, 2019 article in the Washington Post, Transportation Security Administration security screeners are "short-staffed, poorly paid and suffering meager morale." What's also worrying, is that the situation for TSA screeners (or "Transportation Security Officers," as they're officially known) is likely to worsen by next year. And unfortunately, the chronic short-staffing issue is nothing new to the government security agency, as 2006 news reports, as well as government inspector general findings, reveal. Indeed, air travel has increased so much since TSA's creation that it's overwhelmed the agency's ability to increase staffing in response .... Solutions do exist,...
  • Former PDX baggage handler sentenced to 6 months in federal prison for stealing guns from luggage

    07/30/2019 3:15:17 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 24 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/29/2019 | Maxine Bernstein
    A former baggage handler who stole six guns and ammunition from checked luggage at Portland International Airport was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison. After removing the guns, Deshawn Antonio Kelly then switched airline tags on the luggage he opened, sending them to different destinations. Two ended up out of the country, arriving in London and Mexico City, which delayed the owners’ reporting of the gun thefts. One of the victims was an out-of-state police officer; another was a gun dealer, according to police and prosecutors. Five of the six guns were recovered. Kelly turned over one of...
  • TSA Officers Find Missile Launcher in Texas Man’s Luggage

    07/29/2019 4:11:26 PM PDT · by bitt · 34 replies
    fox40 ^ | 7/29/2019 | fox40
    A missile launcher was found in a man’s checked luggage at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday morning, Transportation Security Administration officers said. TSA officials said they tracked down the traveler and detained him for questions, according to WBAL. The man, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, told TSA officials that he is an active military member and was traveling home from Kuwait. He told the officers that he wanted to keep the launcher as a souvenir. TSA says military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on luggage and the item was confiscated and handed over to the state...
  • TSA reminds passengers: don't bring grenades or rocket launchers on planes

    07/29/2019 3:22:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/29/19 | Michael Hollan
    It might seem obvious, but don’t bring explosives or devices that shoot explosives on airplanes. Even if they're just replicas, it's still a bad idea. The TSA recently tweeted out two photos of items that passengers attempted to bring onto planes with them. Based on the information, it does not appear that either traveler intended to use these items for no good, but they were still clearly against regulations.
  • Will The TSA Close This Dangerous Loophole That Puts Everyone At Risk?

    07/16/2019 3:45:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | July 16, 2019 | Scott Morefield
    Everyone who flies has been through it. The long lines. Emptying pockets. Removing your belt and/or jewelry. Taking laptops and electronics out of your suitcases or bags. Having your bag randomly searched or, worse, being subjected to a “random” body patdown. If you’re at a large airport, maybe you’ll get lucky and a bomb-sniffing dog will be there to make the line go twice as fast and save everyone from having to step on everyone else’s foot fungus - but if not, foot fungus it is. And heaven help you if you wore white socks or, God forbid, no socks...
  • A Massive Hole in TSA Security [Weekly Update]

    07/12/2019 1:29:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 12, 2019 | Tom Fitton
    DHS Gives the ‘Red Carpet to Middle Eastern Airlines Obama’s Top Government Media Official Guilty of Stealing $40,000 DHS Gives the ‘Red Carpet to Middle Eastern Airlines Next time you’re waiting in your socks as your luggage is rifled through by security at the TSA checkpoint, you might reflect on how unchecked people and vehicles are getting through security in other parts of the airport. Our Corruption Chronicles blog exposes the disturbing facts. The massive agency created after 9/11 to protect the nation risks security at U.S. airports by letting airlines impose expedited measures to keep traffic flowing, according...
  • Border Crisis Disrupting Global Entry Program, Hitting Summer Travel

    06/27/2019 3:09:41 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 4 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 6/27/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    The flood of illegal immigrants trying to push through the nation’s southern border is beginning to negatively affect international travel by U.S. citizens upon reentry to the country. For one, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced it was canceling “some” Global Entry interviews through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30th. CBP officers who usually deal with Global Entry applicant interviews are instead responding to the migrant surge in the southwestern U.S. This isn’t a welcome development for Americans seeking Global Entry preapproval for expedited customs clearance when they return to the U.S. after traveling...
  • Las Vegas grandmother sues TSA after they 'forced her to do a strip search and made her...

    06/08/2019 12:23:59 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 8, 2019 | Matthew Wright
    Las Vegas grandmother sues TSA after they 'forced her to do a strip search and made her remove a common feminine hygiene product' (full title) Rhonda Mengert had been traveling from the Tulsa International Airport on Mother's Day when her hip implant caused the metal detector to sound off. Mengert - who has TSA Pre-check - informed agents that she had the implant but agreed to a pat down test. During the pat down, an agent found a 'common feminine hygiene product that Mengert was wearing underneath her clothing.' The agent then tested her gloves and found no explosive residue...
  • TSA allowing illegal migrants to fly without proper documents

    06/06/2019 8:16:18 AM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 69 replies
    The federal agency tasked with overseeing security at transportation hubs has been violating its own policy by allowing migrants who have been released from federal custody onto flights despite not having required documents, according to several Department of Homeland Security officials. For the past six months, the Transportation Security Administration has allowed migrants released from the custody of other Homeland Security agencies to board flights to other parts of the country despite the passengers lacking any of the 15 documents it states are the only acceptable forms of identification. Since early December, the agency has avoided temporarily changing federal policy...