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  • Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota

    06/24/2016 7:50:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 21 Jun, 2016
    You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments. "Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing...
  • The TSA Hires Crooks

    06/05/2016 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Repulican Donkey · 30 replies
    Repulicandonkey
    We returned on a Saint Louis to Dallas flight after burying my wife's brother - a decorated Master Chief who served in Vietnam, did covert work for the CIA and ferried battle orders from the Pentagon to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. When we got to Dallas we noticed both our bags partially open. Some meds were gone from my wife's bag; some coins from mine - nothing valuable. The bags were not rifled so the baggage handlers didn't do it. The TSA baggage screeners x-ray every bag so they did it. Here's the kicker: to get to the meds...
  • Delta built the more efficient TSA checkpoints that the TSA couldn't

    06/03/2016 8:11:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jordan Golson
    Delta Air Lines paid for and installed a pair of "innovation lanes" at its hometown airport in Atlanta. The lanes are much better designed than the standard security checkpoints found at airports around the US, and the airline hopes it can double the throughput thanks to some clever ideas. Rather than having TSA agents use hand-pushed carts to bring empty trays from the exit back to the entrance of the line, the new lanes use an automated conveyor belt system. And instead of having travelers stack up behind one another to drop off their belongings to be scanned, there are...
  • Government Can't Help; It Can Only Hurt

    06/02/2016 4:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall. ^ | June 2, 2016 | Ron Paul
    Three recent stories regarding three government agencies — the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons. In recent months, many Americans have missed their flights because of longer-than-usual TSA security lines. In typical DC fashion, the TSA claims the delays are because of budget cuts, even though Congress regularly increases the TSA’s funding! The TSA is also blaming the delays on the fact that few Americans have signed up for its “PreCheck” program. Under PreCheck, the TSA considers excusing...
  • TSA Says Passengers Only Have Themselves to Blame For Long Lines

    05/30/2016 2:01:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 118 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 5/30/16 | Staff
    In a new statement, the TSA placed blame on passengers, claiming that individuals are at fault for showing up to checkpoints unprepared. “Individuals who come to the TSA checkpoint unprepared for a trip can have a negative impact on the time it takes to complete the screening process,” the agency said in a press release, which also included travel tips to help cut down on delays. The release also blamed the uptick in wait times on shrinking staff and a rise in travelers. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, for instance, has seen an 8 percent rise in travelers since the start of
  • Vanity. Airport wait lines.

    05/27/2016 5:04:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 50 replies
    05.27.2016 | Moi
    You know, I fly commercial two times per month to see my father. He's 85 and a veteran. I'm 50 and a veteran. I now have the indistinct pleasure of standing in line up to 4 hours for a three hour flight. I did not have to do this before 9-11. Okay, there was a little incident 4 years ago when I asked a TSA agent what made him get a job where he got to touch other men all day... Nonetheless, before the current administration, the airports did not suck half as bad. Something has been lost. Something needs...
  • The long lines at airports are a problem for Hillary Clinton

    05/26/2016 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 26,2016 | Ed Rogers
    The long security lines at U.S. airports are another problem for Hillary Clinton. A lot of Americans interact with the Transportation Security Administration, and they expect that agency to function properly. And when there is a problem, they want it fixed. Does anyone think of Clinton as a problem-solver? Answer: No. Can anyone think of a problem she has ever solved?
  • Airport screening made 70,000 miss American Airlines flights this year

    05/26/2016 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | May 26,2016 | Reuters And Eduardo Munoz
    Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines (AAL.O) customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday.
  • TSA PreCheck the answer to airport woes? Think again

    05/25/2016 4:05:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 26 replies
    FosNews.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt Finn
    woes? Think again By Matt Finn Published May 25, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook5 Twitter137 livefyre16 Email Print Now Playing Travelers experiencing problems with TSA pre-check With the Transportation Security Administration warning passengers that long lines at major airports are not going away, it seems the only immediate relief in sight is the TSA’s PreCheck option -- designed to get passengers through security faster. But critics aren’t so sure. They say the pass is just a moneymaker for the TSA that’s facing its own application backlog and doesn’t always work at certain airports, anyway. “I was at LaGuardia airport just yesterday and...
  • Specific Threat Called into Houston Intercontinental

    05/24/2016 8:20:37 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 21 replies
    Inside Info | 24 May 2016 | Patrick Truax
    Pax being rescreened and one checkpoint is closed. A phone call came naming a specific flight.
  • TSA's Head Of Security Kelly Hoggan 'Removed' From Office, House Oversight Committee Says

    05/24/2016 3:45:29 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 9 replies
    npr.org ^ | May 23 | Dana Farrington
    The head of security for TSA, Kelly Hoggan, has been removed from his position after a hearing about the agency's management, the House Oversight Committee says. In an email obtained from the TSA, Administrator Peter Neffenger announced a series of leadership changes on Monday. The position that Hoggan had held since 2013 will temporarily be taken by Darby LaJoye, who is currently deputy assistant administrator. The changes come as fliers complain about long, slow airport screening lines. That problem "has many parts," as NPR's Brian Naylor has reported: More people are traveling, and there are fewer screeners. The May 12...
  • Head of TSA security fired over 'mismanagement'

    05/23/2016 4:55:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    KOMO.com (Seattle) ^ | May 23, 2016 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration's security division was fired Monday for "mismanagement," according to the House Oversight Committee.
  • TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

    05/22/2016 4:15:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    AP ^ | May 21, 2016 | Jason Keyser
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the peak summer travel season despite Congress' shifting of $34 million to the agency. Peter Neffenger briefed officials in Chicago on Friday about efforts to address crushing delays in getting passengers through security checkpoints at major airports around the country. Congress agreed to shift forward the $34 million in TSA funding to let the agency pay overtime to existing staff and hire an extra 768 screeners by June 15. The agency is funneling many of those resources to major hub airports...
  • TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports

    05/19/2016 12:37:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 18, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports Michelle Malkin All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns. Convenient political pawns. Big Labor bosses want more power and more money. Stranded travelers are just the latest victims in this age-old game of D.C. extortion. Union leaders want you to think the fault lies with a stingy Congress unwilling to fork over enough money to fill screener shortages. White House spokesman Josh Earnest poured more partisan fuel on the fire last week by blaming the nationwide slowdowns on "the inability of Republicans in Congress to govern the country."...
  • Two Hours in Line... and Other Tales of Unlimited Government

    05/18/2016 5:15:49 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 29 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 17, 2016 AD | John F. Di Leo
    A traveler with a camera filmed a scene at Chicago’s Midway Airport: a three-hour-plus TSA security line that snaked across the terminal, out the door, and around the building… and uploaded it to YouTube. The fury of the day, in an age beset with furies, is therefore an anger directed against the TSA for our often unforgivably-long airport security lines. The DHS secretary even took to the podium to answer complaints, and to assure us that his system is not in fact "a national crisis." Sure, in this case, there was an alleged excuse – Chicago had seen hundreds of...
  • TSA watchdog spills secret behind long airport lines

    05/18/2016 2:38:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    WND ^ | 5/18/2016 | Greg Corombos
    Truth involves Obama, 'nude pictures of passengers' and fed-up workers. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warns air travelers to prepare for much longer than usual airport security lines, but a Transportation Security Administration watchdog says this mess is simply a matter of the government failing to manage its resources responsibly. On Monday, Johnson stood at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside Washington and told passengers to expect longer than expected wait times as the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, expedites hundreds of new personnel into service to speed up the security process. In Chicago, passengers were told to arrive three...
  • TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports

    05/18/2016 4:36:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns. Convenient political pawns. Big Labor bosses want more power and more money. Stranded travelers are just the latest victims in this age-old game of D.C. extortion. Union leaders want you to think the fault lies with a stingy Congress unwilling to fork over enough money to fill screener shortages. White House spokesman Josh Earnest poured more partisan fuel on the fire last week by blaming the nationwide slowdowns on "the inability of Republicans in Congress...
  • Packed Airports Bring in Ponies and Clowns to Ease Traveler Fury

    05/17/2016 2:03:21 PM PDT · by Eroteme · 88 replies
    NYPost ^ | May 17, 2016 | Yaron Steinbuch
    (excerpt) San Diego International Airport is sending in clowns from the Fern Street Circus to tickle the passengers’ funny bones, NBC reported. “They are creating content inspired by the traveler experience, so they will constantly be visible, trying out new ideas and interacting with passengers,” said airport spokesman Jonathan Heller. “We certainly think they will be at the checkpoints often, as people waiting in line are a great audience for them!”
  • Fire the TSA

    05/17/2016 1:30:48 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 32 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | Staff
    Air Travel: If a private company wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, hired workers who failed to do their job 95% of the time, and then forced people to wait in line for hours, how long do you think they’d be in business? So why is the TSA being treated any differently?
  • Chicago Airports Recommend 3-Hour Cushion For Security Lines Tuesday

    05/17/2016 7:15:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 17, 2016 | Staff
    While the Transportation Security Administrationhas announced plans to hire 800 new officers, the wait for security at Chicago’s airports could be getting worse. Tuesday morning, the city’s Aviation Department advised anyone flying out of O’Hare or Midway airports to show up three hours before their flight’s scheduled departure time. That’s even longer than the two-hour cushion the TSA has suggested for domestic flights.
  • Blumenthal Calls For Airlines To Help Reduce Long Lines At Security Checkpoints

    05/16/2016 6:38:33 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 48 replies
    CT News Junkie ^ | May 16, 2016 | Steve Majerus-Collins
    To reduce sometimes lengthy lines at airport security checkpoints, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that America’s airlines need to drop their baggage fees this summer. Not only would it save people time and money, he said, it would also make them safer. “We are urging the airlines to do the right thing,” Blumenthal said. ... During a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport, Blumenthal called the pileups at many Transportation Security Agency checkpoints soft targets that terrorists are eyeing. ... Given that airlines are “rolling in profits,” they should give up the fees “out of...
  • Nightmarish Lines Continue At Airport Security Checkpoints

    05/16/2016 10:18:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 16, 2016 | Staff
    Travelers flying out of Chicago just can’t catch a break. With increasingly long lines to get through security at the city’s airports, many travelers have been missing their flights, and some ended up sleeping at O’Hare International Airport on Sunday. American Airlines put out cots for fewer than 100 travelers who missed their flights Sunday night due to the long lines at TSA security checkpoints.
  • TSA Administrator: 71 of 73 Aviation Employees on Terror Database Were ‘Scrubbed’ From It

    05/13/2016 3:17:53 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 4 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/13/16
    SA Administrator Peter Neffenger said that two of 73 aviation employees with access to secured areas of U.S. airports who were also on the TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) system – the government’s database of “information on international terrorist identities” – had their credentials removed, while the other 71 were “scrubbed” from the database on the advice of the FBI. A DHS Office of Inspector General report titled, “TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting,” and dated June 4, 2015 said, “our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to...
  • NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'

    05/11/2016 9:19:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | May 10, 2016 | David Kerley
    Management of the New York City area’s three major airports is fed up with long lines at security check points, and they have given the Transportation Security Administration an ultimatum: Either shorten the lines or we’ll find someone else to do it. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tasked with running John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, is threatening to privatize the process of screening passengers before boarding their flight, according to a document sent from the Port Authority to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. “We can no longer tolerate the continuing inadequacy of the TSA passenger...
  • Senators to airlines: Drop bag fees to shorten airport lines

    05/10/2016 4:46:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2016 6:32 PM EDT | David Koenig
    Two U.S. senators say one way to reduce long airport security lines this summer is for airlines to drop their fees on checking luggage. […] Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey and Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday they asked executives at 12 airlines to drop checked-bag fees this summer. The senators say suspending the fees won’t eliminate lines but it’s a start.A spokeswoman for the nation’s largest airlines called the senators’ proposal a misguided attempt to re-regulate airlines and warned it could make airline travel more expensive — fares would rise to offset the loss of income from fees. …
  • TSA warned flyers' patience at "breaking point" over long lines

    05/10/2016 11:23:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Staff
    It's the irony of flying. Planes are the fastest way to travel, but wait times just to get on board keep getting longer, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. Now airports in New York and New Jersey are joining a growing chorus of complaints about the long wait times at airport security, saying TSA staffing isn't keeping up with increased passenger traffic.
  • TSA demonstrates how to travel with gun to airport

    05/07/2016 8:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    indeonline.com/ ^ | 5/5/2016 | Robert Wang
    Using an actual 8-millimeter handgun without ammunition, he went on to show how to unload the magazine and pack it in the case.
  • America’s Security Facade

    05/05/2016 2:22:03 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    Understanding The Threat ^ | 5 May 16 | John Guandolo
    Travelers using U.S. airports are familiar with long lines due to TSA checkpoints, and recent reports indicate lines will get longer in the near future because of new TSA screening procedures, fewer TSA officers and other related issues. Yet, America is no safer since 9/11 because the federal government has thrown bureaucracy at the threat and entrusted our enemy inside our security perimeter instead of understanding the threat and dealing with it. Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey tells the story of being in Israel and speaking with the Director of Security for Ben Gurion Airport. When Mr....
  • No, Budget Cuts Aren’t Why You’re Waiting Hours To Get Through Airport Security

    05/04/2016 3:47:41 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/4/2016 | Staff
    Bureaucracy: Air travelers are in for a long hot summer. News reports show airport security lines stretching across airports and tell of passengers forced to wait hours for the privilege of taking their shoes and belts off and getting patted down by a TSA agent.
  • Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security

    05/02/2016 10:01:38 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/2/2016 | Jad Mouawad
    Headline only. Article won't let me excerpt.
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said she was 'embarrassed' by TSA agent at Denver International Airport

    05/02/2016 7:00:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 98 replies
    7NEWS & The Denver Channel ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mark Boyle
    Colorado's six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen says agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) humiliated her. She took to social media Sunday to detail her experience getting through security at Denver International Airport. She said agents made her go through a full body search even though she has Pre check. "They go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it's really embarrassing," said Van Dyken-Rouen. Van Dyken-Rouen said as much as she and husband Tom travel all over the...
  • TSA Whistle-Blowers: Screeners Fleeing ‘Agency In Crisis’

    More than 100 of the Transportation Security Administration’s 48,000 airport screeners quit each week, and whistle-blowers told congressional investigators that “we remain an agency in crisis.” The personnel losses affect airport screening times across the country. “Many airports are complaining that TSA is getting worse, not better,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz. TSA staffers testified Wednesday that senior employees are often not held accountable for misconduct and the TSA office created a hostile work environment by intimidating personnel by abusing integrity testing. “These leaders are some of the biggest bullies in government,” Jay Brainard, a...
  • TSA official in Minneapolis says he was ordered to profile Somali-Americans

    04/27/2016 7:45:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/27/16 | Mila Koumpilova and Janet Moore
    Somali-American community leaders in the Twin Cities voiced dismay Wednesday after a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) manager in Minneapolis alleged in congressional testimony that they were targets of racial profiling by his agency. Andrew Rhoades, an assistant federal security director for the TSA in Minneapolis, said he was pressured by his supervisor earlier this month to profile Somali imams and community members visiting his Twin Cities office. The allegation sparked a call by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., for an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, of which TSA is a part. In a letter to Jeh Johnson, secretary of...
  • TSA says its Randomizer app only cost $47,400

    04/05/2016 9:14:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Fusion ^ | April 4, 2016 | Ethan Chiel
    If you've flown recently, you may have seen a TSA agent holding a tablet that pops up an arrow that tells you which line you should stand in. That little app is called a "Randomizer" and TSA agents use it to determine who is subject to the random searches that are a part of the TSA Pre-check program. Here’s a video of it in action: . . . You wouldn't know it, because it looks incredibly simple, but it appears that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) paid IBM $47,400 for the app, part of a larger $336,000 payout. IBM has...
  • Woman Boards Plane Without Security Check or Ticket

    04/01/2016 10:36:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    Flyertalk ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jennifer Billock
    Twenty-four-year-old Naja Eva Haynes of Kentucky was recently arrested after bypassing TSA agents and boarding a Delta plane. The incident occurred on March 24 when Haynes drove to Nashville International Airport, walked through Lane 4 of security without stopping for screening or showing a boarding pass or ID, proceeded to gate B5 where she pushed her way past a few airline agents, boarded the plane, and sat in a back row. She did not have identification on her. When Haynes was approached and asked for her ID, she refused, saying only, “My name and faith are my ID,” USA Today...
  • Breaking: Bomb Found in Illinois Airport, Woman in Custody

    03/31/2016 11:08:30 AM PDT · by Maceman · 99 replies
    MRCtv ^ | 3/31/2016 | Ben Graham
    Police are now investigating reports of a bomb found in a package carried by an unidentified woman entering the Peoria International Airport Thursday morning. The bomb was discovered while the woman was trying to check the package at the American Airlines counter, prompting the airport to partially evacuate the premises and enter lock-down. The package contained dynamite, a timer and bottles of fluid, which were found during a routine scan by TSA officials . . .
  • At least FIFTY ISIS supporters are working as baggage handlers, cleaners ... at Brussels airport ...

    03/31/2016 9:02:51 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 31 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 31 March 2016 | John Stevens Brussels Correspondent For The Daily Mail
    Police at Brussels airport have claimed at least 50 Islamic State supporters are working there as baggage handlers, cleaners and catering staff. In an astonishing open letter, the officers said they have warned about the terrorist sympathisers whose security badges give them access to planes, but they remain employed. The airport police, who are threatening to go on strike because of security deficiencies, also said they have raised the issue of terrorists scouting the airport to plan possible attacks. The extraordinary claims come after the Mail reported how the family of two of the bombers involved in the attacks last...
  • Beauty queen trying to smuggle cocaine from Los Angeles airport arrested

    03/24/2016 3:55:34 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    The Express News ^ | March 24, 2016
    A flight attendant who tried to smuggle almost 70 pounds (31.8 kg) of cocaine from Los Angeles International Airport has turned herself in to authorities, a report said on Thursday. Marsha Gay Reynolds, a JetBlue Airways flight attendant, and former Jamaican beauty queen, turned herself in to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in New York on Wednesday. It said that she would face a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. It said that Reynolds was stopped at random during luggage-screening processes on Friday by a Transportation Security Administration officer at the airport. The report added that she kicked...
  • TSA won't make airport security report deadline — due the day of Brussels bombings

    03/22/2016 5:24:32 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/22/16 | Heather Caygle, Lauren Gardner and Martine Powers
    The same day bomb blasts in an unsecured part of Brussels' airport and transit system left dozens dead, the administration was set to miss a deadline mandating that the TSA answer whether U.S. airports are equipped to respond to a similar attack. Last fall, Congress enacted a law ordering that TSA must ensure that individual airports with a TSA presence have a plan in place to handle security incidents, including active shooters and terrorist attacks. The law was in response to a TSA officer who was gunned down at Los Angeles International Airport in 2013. A report on those plans...
  • Gun-Shaped Accessories Do Not Travel Well

    03/01/2016 7:17:25 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jihan Forbes
    If there’s anything Americans love, it’s firearms, but try taking your piece – or something that looks like it – to the airport. Yeah … good luck getting through a TSA checkpoint with that. A woman going through the Baltimore-Washington International airport learned this the hard way when she had to sacrifice fashion in order to get to her final destination on time.
  • TSA: Total Security Abyss

    02/10/2016 5:15:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Michelle Malkin,
    While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack. Intelligence officials released video footage of airport employees in Mogadishu handing a laptop to a jihadist suspect before he boarded Daallo Airlines Airbus Flight D3159 last week. The device allegedly contained a bomb that exploded on the plane, which created a massive hole out of which the bomber was fatally sucked. Two other passengers were injured in the blast before the pilot successfully made an emergency landing. Several airport workers...
  • Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees’ Criminal Histories; Thousands of IDs, Badges Missing

    02/04/2016 1:35:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/04/2016 | Adam Kredo
    Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport. Lawmakers described the security agency as operating "in chaos" and expressed frustration with Obama administration officials as they informed the House Oversight Committee about a range of security shortfalls that continue to endanger the nation's 450 commercial airports. TSA's inability to properly screen and track employees has been well documented for years. However, the administration...
  • JFK allowed passengers arriving on international flight to exit without going through Customs

    01/25/2016 6:37:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/23/16 | Victoria Bekiempis, Denis Slattery
    Passengers arriving at Kennedy Airport on an international flight were allowed to exit the busy hub without going through Customs -- for at least the second time in recent months, the Daily News has learned. Bumbling airline and security officials let travelers on American Airlines Flight 1223 from Cancun, Mexico, out of the airport on Monday morning without having their passports or bags checked, sources told The News. The security lapse mirrored a similar incident involving another American Airlines flight in November. A 34-year-old man who had been in Cancun to attend three Phish concerts told The News he was...
  • SEIU: Dozens arrested at airport workers' MLK Day national civil disobedience

    01/18/2016 7:41:18 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | January 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested today at demonstrations in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Chicago and Miami as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality that persist at airports across the country. The men and women who keep our airports running took action to commemorate MLK Day and to reclaim the dignity that should come with a hard day's work, a central tenet of Dr. King's vision for a just society.
  • Dad “Sick to his Stomach” after 10-Year-Old Daughter’s “Invasive” TSA Pat Down

    01/09/2016 5:17:21 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 117 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 1/7/2016 | Melissa Dykes
    (Watch video at link) Father Kevin Payne is outraged after what he has deemed as a line-crossing two-minute pat down of his 10-year-old daughter Vendela by TSA at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The additional security was triggered by a juice pouch Vendela accidentally left in her carry-on bag. "It was excessive, it was invasive, I was pretty much boiling in my head," he told ABC News. (source) Payne recorded the pat down on his phone and uploaded the video to YouTube despite the fact that the TSA agent lied and told him that filming was not allowed (it absolutely...
  • TSA PAT DOWN & GROPPING of 10 YEAR OLD GIRL

    01/03/2016 11:04:45 AM PST · by BBell · 83 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 12/30/15
    Maybe I'm over reacting ? I would have no problem submitting myself for a pat down, I support a high level of security, but I feel invasive touching of Children crosses the line, unless credible evidence exists. On 12/30/15 TSA ordered a full Pat Down of my 10 year old daughter & detained us for over an hour (see YouTube video of the Pat Down, the link is below) TSA policy states PAT Downs of children under 12 should be method of last resort. In my 10 yr old daughter's case, after clearing metal detector, a forgotten Capri Sun juice...
  • Homeland Security rejects Minn. request for Real ID extension (drivers' licenses 9 states impacted)

    12/28/2015 12:55:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 22, 2015 | Patrick Condon
    The federal government has denied a request from the state's political leaders for more time to get compliant with the new Real ID requirement,but it won't immediately imperil the ability of Minnesotans to board commercial flights after Jan. 1.In a letter sent Monday,two assistant secretaries at the Department of Homeland Security wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton that "Minnesota has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the Real ID standards that would warrant granting your request for extension,"the letter stated.That means Minnesota driver's licenses are officially not sufficient identification for the general public to be allowed on U.S. military...
  • Syria-born American Accused of Smuggling Supplies to Extremist Rebels

    12/09/2015 1:43:09 PM PST · by ManHunter · 10 replies
    rt.com ^ | December 8, 2015 | Unknown
    A Syria-born US citizen was accused of smuggling military-style gear, including rifle scopes, night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests, to Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. Prosecutors say he planned to take $30,000 worth of items and train people in Syria. Amin al-Baroudi, a 50-year-old of Syrian descent, is facing four charges of violating US sanctions against Syria, the Associated Press reported. According to the federal prosecution, al-Baroudi traveled to Turkey from Los Angeles in February 2013 with a total of 14 pieces of checked luggage weighing 619 pounds (about 280 kg). He returned to the US the next month with only two bags. The...
  • Passports Required For Domestic Travel In 2016, But IRS Can Revoke Passports For Taxes

    11/28/2015 3:31:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    Think you only need a passport to board an international flight? In 2016, some fliers better have one to fly domestic, which means they had better be paying their taxes. It now looks as though your passport could be cancelled if you owe the IRS. The Real ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. It hits air travel in 2016. Some states initially refused to comply, fearing that the feds would make a national database of citizens. Others cited high administrative costs and a 50% increase in fees for drivers. Most states are OK, but millions in Louisiana,...
  • Man Accidentally Carries Loaded Gun on Flight, No One Notices

    11/27/2015 3:00:50 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 48 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | November 17, 2015 | Joe Cortez
    A retired truck driver flying through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is warning American flyers their experience may not be secure, after he was able to pass a loaded handgun through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. Speaking to Britain’s Daily Mail, the flyer says while packing his gun was purely accidental, he feels the TSA should have caught it prior to departure. The incident happened on November 5, as 67-year-old Blake Alford was preparing to fly from ATL to Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). In his bag was a Ruger .38 pistol, loaded with a full magazine of seven hollow-point bullets....