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TSA Agent in LAX Threat Previously in Public Spat

LAX terminals evacuated, 9/11 related note found in man's home

(Newser) - Federal authorities arrested an ex-TSA employee just before midnight last night, on suspicion that he'd made terrorist threats against Los Angeles International Airport. Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29, resigned his post as a screener yesterday, the LA Times reports, leaving behind a "suspicious package." That package turned out... More »

TSA Draws Rage for $50M Uniform Deal, Knives Policy

Agency accused of being tone-deaf, making flight attendants 'sitting ducks'

(Newser) - Just a week before the sequester kicked in, the TSA signed a deal to spend $50 million on new uniforms, reports Politico . The agency calls the uniforms a necessity, but for many on Capitol Hill it was just another sign of the TSA's cluelessness. "When we’re losing... More »

TSA Agents 'Laugh' at Nude Images

Flirting, clowning is typical in screening rooms: blogger

(Newser) - Airport security is no laughing matter—except to TSA agents who clown around in back rooms and chuckle over "some of your nude images, dear passengers," a blogger writes. Purportedly an ex-TSA officer, the blogger claims to have never seen or heard about illegal goings-on in screening rooms... More »

TSA Steals From Travelers All the Time: Ex-Agent

Pythias Brown: It 'was very commonplace. Very.'

(Newser) - A former TSA screener has advice for America's travelers: Watch your bags. Pythias Brown, who just served three years for stealing from people's luggage, says such thieving is typical. "It was so easy," he tells the Daily News . "One day I walked out of there... More »

Naked Flier Gets Off for 'Free Speech'

Portland passenger was protesting 'invasive' TSA

(Newser) - An air passenger who stripped down in anger during an airport security check did nothing illegal because he was engaging in a constitutionally protected "free speech" protest, a judge has ruled. A furious John E. Brennan, 50, of Portland removed his clothes earlier this year to protest invasive security... More »

Mayor's Wife Nailed for Loaded Gun at Calif. Airport

In a rush to visit new twin grandbabies, she forgot she was packing heat: hubby

(Newser) - It's just the kind of thing a pistol-packin' Westerner might forget is stashed in her bag, but airport security agents at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport weren't amused. They busted Californian Carrol Parris, wife of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, when a loaded handgun was spotted on an... More »

Ex-TSA Agent Busted for 'Groping' TSA Supervisor

Passenger was demonstrating what was done to her

(Newser) - A former airport security guard and target of an aggressive pat down at a Florida airport has been busted for groping a TSA manager as she demonstrated how not to search a passenger. The arrested woman, who was flying from Southwest Florida International Airport to her brother's funeral in... More »

Geraldo: I Was 'Raped' by TSA Agent

'My junk was junked' on way to Afghanistan, he says

(Newser) - Geraldo Rivera says he was "manually raped" by a New York airport security guard on his way to cover a story in Afghanistan. "The last time I flew to Afghanistan, I got manually raped by a guy," he said on Fox and Friends . "The scanner wasn'... More »

TSA Agent Pats Down 3-Year-Old in Wheelchair

Agents at Chicago's O'Hare Airport scrutinize kid in leg cast

(Newser) - TSA agents have already been caught patting down a 6-year-old and making a mom pump breast milk . But TSA's finest at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago recently achieved a new level of diligence by patting down a wheelchair-bound 3-year-old in a leg cast. A video of the pat... More »

TSA 'Sorry' for Making Mom Pump Breast Milk

Amy Strand, near tears, forced to pump in crowded bathroom

(Newser) - A nursing mom of four who tried to board a plane with a breast pump was forced by a TSA guard to prove the machine worked by pumping breast milk in a crowded airport bathroom. "I had to stand at the sink in my heels and dress pumping as... More »

Flier: TSA Said My Cupcake Was a Security Threat

The 'gel-like' frosting apparently raised alarm

(Newser) - One sign the TSA has officially gone overboard: One of its agents deemed a Massachusetts woman's cupcake a security threat. Rebecca Hains says she was moving through security at a Las Vegas airport on Wednesday when a TSA agent took her aside and explained that the cupcake's frosting... More »

Pistol in Carry-On Bag Fired by Mistake

Officer was looking over .22 when it discharged

(Newser) - Travelers heading through airport security in Atlanta yesterday got a free shot of adrenaline when a gun from a carry-on bag accidentally went off, CNN reports. A TSA screener at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had found the .22 in a bag and given it to an Atlanta police officer—who promptly... More »

Airport Security Detains Teen Over Purse Design

They say it's a banned 'replica weapon'

(Newser) - TSA stopped a dangerous 17-year-old from boarding a flight recently because she had a gun—a gun design on her purse, that is. Vanessa Gibbs says she has traveled with her clutch many times, but on a recent flight from Virginia to her native Jacksonville, Florida, it was flagged as... More »

TSA to Fire Screener Who Left 'Get Your Freak On' Note

A woman found it in her suitcase, near her sex toy

(Newser) - The TSA screener who found a sex toy in a woman's suitcase and left a note saying, "Get your freak on girl" will soon be out of a job. The agency called the note "highly inappropriate" and said it plans to fire the Newark screener, reports AP... More »

'Urine Bag Flier' Pissed Again Over Pat Down

Cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer nearly drenched again in search

(Newser) - Yet another complaint has been filed by a cancer-survivor flier who has already received one apology from the TSA after a rough airport search left him drenched in his own pee from a urine collection bag he must wear. Thomas Sawyer says he nearly suffered the same humiliation before his... More »

TSA Makes Elderly Woman Remove Adult Diaper

Woman, 95, was sick and in a wheelchair

(Newser) - The latest TSA horror story: A 95-year-old, wheelchair-bound, 105-pound woman—who has end-stage leukemia, to boot—was forced to remove her adult diaper during a pat-down at a Florida airport last weekend. Wheelchairs are always swabbed for explosives and their passengers patted down, a TSA spokesperson says. Jean Weber’s... More »

TSA Pats Down 6-Year-Old

Anna Drexel cried after procedure, mom says

(Newser) - A video getting quite a bit of attention today shows a TSA agent patting down a 6-year-old girl. The video was posted on YouTube yesterday, Jezebel notes, and it shows the New Orleans agent running her hand over Anna Drexel's chest, groin, and inside her waistband. When asked by... More »

Ex-TSA Employee: I Was Fired Because I'm a Witch

Carole A. Smith claims religious discrimination got her canned

(Newser) - Carole A. Smith ranked among the top 10% of workers when it came to catching weapons on the X-ray machine at New York's Albany International Airport. So why did the TSA fire her? She says it was over her religious beliefs: Smith is a practicing Wiccan, or, as she calls... More »

Cafe to TSA Agents: No Food for You

Owner of Seattle restaurant won't serve TSA

(Newser) - In a cafe near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a small piece of retribution is being dealt back to the TSA. "We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren't allowed to come into our business," an employee tells travel journalist Christopher Elliott , adding that her... More »

Al-Qaeda Is Punking Us

US can't handle AQAP's tactics

(Newser) - Can it be that the United States has met its match in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula? The group's lack of a direct hit thus far seems more bad luck than effective counter-terrorism, writes Christopher Hitchens for Slate . In the meantime, AQAP has used our own desire to protect ourselves... More »

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