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  • TSA agent caught stealing cash from luggage at Orlando International Airport, cops say

    06/24/2017 4:25:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 23 Jun 17 | David Harris
    <p>A Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested Thursday after he was caught on video stealing cash from a bag going through screening at Orlando International Airport, Orlando police say.</p> <p>Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, who had been with TSA just a few months, was arrested on a charge of third-degree felony grand theft, records show.</p>
  • Terror Attacks In Britain Come As Summer Travel Season Kicks Off

    06/07/2017 8:26:48 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 18 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 6, 2017 | Alex DeMetrick
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The rash of terror attacks in Great Britain come as the summer travel season is beginning. That means security measures, especially at airports, will see increased work loads, and passengers longer waits. Finding and removing the everyday items that terrorists have turned into threats is a huge challenge, WJZ’s Alex DeMetrick reports. And between now and Labor Day, a lot of Americans will spend time coming and going by air. Since 9/11, passenger planes have been a high priority target for terrorists, with bombs bringing down a Russian airliner in Egypt, and blowing a hole in a...
  • “Show Me What Books You’re Reading” – TSA’s New ARMAP

    06/07/2017 6:55:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Much has been said of the ineffectiveness and intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the last decade and a half. However, when newspaper headlines start mocking the agency for asking a passenger “Is that a cookie or a bomb?”, it becomes clear that we have a real problem.To be sure, there is a vital need for pre-flight security. That has never been in question. What has been questioned is the amount of power granted to a single federal agency for performing functions that can, could, and should be undertaken by private agencies under contract with the federal government....
  • Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

    05/19/2017 9:28:21 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 86 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 May 2017
    A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer...
  • TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists

    05/04/2017 5:07:09 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    http://www.nbcnews.com/ ^ | 5/4/17 | ROBERT WINDREM and WILLIAM M. ARKIN
    Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be "vigilant" about the increasing frequency of "ramming attacks" by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News. The unclassified report warns owners, operators and rental agencies to protect their vehicles from theft. Entitled "Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures," the report was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies working with the Department of Homeland Security. The report notes that in the past three years, at least 173 people have been killed...
  • TSA Sexual Assault Redux

    04/25/2017 4:11:53 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 31 replies
    World News Bureau ^ | April 25, 2017 | Gina Miller
    Back in February, I wrote a report on being heavily groped between my legs by a woman with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I labeled what she did to me sexual assault, to which some people took offense in the comment sections where the column was posted. However, what she did fits the definition of sexual assault as provided by the United States Department of Justice. You can nit-pick definition and intent all you like and can call it what you will, but I will call a spade a spade, and just...
  • Underclothes That Display The 4th Amendment When X-Rayed by TSA

    04/24/2017 10:08:23 PM PDT · by vannrox · 43 replies
    Laughing Squid ^ | 29NOV10 | Scott Beale
    4th Amendment Wear is a series of underclothes that have the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution printed on them with metallic ink that so that it will show up when worn through a TSA X-Ray machine. The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don’t intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It’s more...
  • California officer detained in Taiwan after TSA misses gun in her bag at LAX

    04/20/2017 3:25:45 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 30 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/20/17 | Anita Bennett
    Federal officials have admitted that procedures were violated at Los Angeles International Airport when an off-duty police officer boarded a flight to Taiwan with a handgun in her carry-on bag. Santa Monica Officer Noell Grant was barred from leaving Taiwan on April 13, after she entered the country with the gun that was missed by airport security at LAX, authorities said. The Transportation Security Administration “has determined standard procedures were not followed and a police officer did in fact pass through the checkpoint with a firearm,” TSA Public Affairs Manager Nico Melendez said in a statement Wednesday. This still image...
  • Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

    04/17/2017 4:49:11 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 37 replies
    http://www.seattlepi.com ^ | Updated 9:04 am, Monday, April 17, 2017 | Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States. She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, before the extra searches suddenly stopped in 2012. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which goes back to a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004. Time after time, airport authorities searched her baggage, rummaged through her electronics and quizzed her for hours about her...
  • The TSA says it’s allowed to investigate inside your underwear and you should just accept it

    04/12/2017 8:41:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    RARE ^ | 04/11/2017
    Little can surprise me in terms of the TSA’s waste, incompetence and sheer indignity, but this story may mark a new low. It’s about Evelyn Harris, a 65-year-old retiree who was flying out of Washington, D.C., this past January when she committed the terrible terrorism crime known as wearing a pantyliner. Harris went through the body scanner and thought she was free to proceed to her flight. A TSA agent thought otherwise. “I started to ask if I had done something wrong or if this was ‘random,’ but before I could get a second word out, the TSA agent yelled...
  • Report: Hundreds of U.S. airport screeners failed random drug tests

    04/07/2017 7:46:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/7/17 | Carol Christian - Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
    Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration workers at U.S. airports have reportedly failed drug and alcohol tests in recent years. According to KGW in Portland, Ore., 858 TSA airport screeners tested positive for drugs or alcohol between 2010 and 2016. The station obtained the information through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • Mom says TSA agents at DFW Airport traumatized son with 'horrifying' security check

    03/28/2017 1:40:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 55 replies
    dallas news ^ | march 28, 2017 | Kim Breen Julieta Chiquillo
    A mother who asked TSA agents at DFW International Airport for alternative screening for her son with special needs said they were "treated like dogs" and forced to miss a flight during an extensive security check, according to her Facebook post that has since gone viral. But the Transportation Security Administration said in a prepared statement that it followed approved procedures to "resolve an alarm of the passenger's laptop." Jennifer Williamson wrote Sunday morning that her son has a sensory processing disorder and that she asked agents to "screen him in other ways per TSA rules." ***video on link*****
  • All personal electronics bigger than a cellphone prohibited from certain US-bound flights

    03/21/2017 3:54:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    BRG News via Yahoo ^ | 31 March 2017 | Chris Mills
    Passengers on US-bound flights from 10 Middle-Eastern airports will not be allowed any electronics bigger than a cellphone on the plane, according to an emergency security amendment being rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today. Under the order, portable electronics such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players (which apparently still exist to the extent they concern the TSA), and cameras. [snip] The restrictions only apply to direct US-bound flights from those countries, not connections through other countries or flights to other destinations.[snip]Airlines have been given 96 hours to carry out the changes....
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Are TSA Pat Downs Becoming Too Invasive?

    03/05/2017 7:01:51 PM PST · by davikkm · 33 replies
    IWB ^ | Gabrielle Seunagal
    The Transportation Security Administration has recently generated controversy after announcing that more “rigorous” and “comprehensive” pat downs will be occurring in airports across the country. Apparently, TSA has failed at least 95% of airport security tests, in which undercover agents attempted–and succeeded–in smuggling banned weapons through airport checkpoints. However, persons boarding a plane are not the only ones who will be subjected to additional and more random full body pat downs. Employees, flight attendants, crew members, and others will be checked to ensure that no bombs, weapons, explosives, or other prohibited paraphernalia makes its way onto a plane.
  • Get ready for more 'thorough' pat-downs at the airport

    03/04/2017 5:14:54 AM PST · by fruser1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3 Mar 2017 | unknown
    Passengers at U.S. airports chosen for physical pat-downs will reportedly face a more "comprehensive" screening after a 2015 audit that apparently showed some safety vulnerability. Bloomberg reported that airport employees have already been notified at some locations that they need to employ a “more rigorous” and “thorough” screening. The screenings will reportedly include “more intimate contact” than before. The new measure also applies to airline pilots and flight attendants.
  • Welcome Aboard... But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina

    02/27/2017 7:52:23 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 97 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jeffrey Tucker
    For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before. We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this...
  • My Sexual Assault By The TSA

    02/20/2017 3:05:56 PM PST · by WXRGina · 309 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 20, 2017 | Gina Miller
    It was an excellent week-long trip my husband Keith and I took to Arizona to take the 250 Pistol Class from Gunsite Academy. The week ended, and it was time for us to fly back home this past Saturday, February 18th. While I have gone through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regional airport checkpoints since its spawning after 9-11, I had not yet gone through a TSA checkpoint at a major airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a major airport, and on Saturday, I was immersed there in one of those TSA "horror stories" about which I had previously only...
  • Multiple People Breach TSA Checkpoint Without Screening at JFK: Report

    02/20/2017 12:31:12 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | February 20, 2017 | Breaking 911
    NEW YORK — Nearly a dozen people bypassed security at John F. Kennedy international airport Monday morning. According to the New York Daily News, eleven people walked through the unattended area left unguarded by the TSA.
  • TSA and Airport Employees allegedly Smuggled 20 Tons of Cocaine Over 18 Years

    02/14/2017 8:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 02/13/2017 | Max Kutner
    A dozen current and former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport employees are facing charges related to an alleged cocaine-smuggling operation going back almost two decades. A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico indicted the defendants on February 8, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the news on Monday. The defendants allegedly transported cocaine-filled suitcases through security at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Between 1998 and 2016, approximately 20 tons of cocaine made it through as part of the racket, according to the announcement. Drug mules would drop off the cocaine-filled suitcases at...