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Video Shows Guy Skip TSA Security, Board Plane

Damarias Cockerham walked through an unused metal detector in Dallas

(Newser) - He didn't have a ticket, or even ID, yet a 25-year-old man was able to board a plane in Dallas last July. Authorities say Damarias Cockerham, caught on surveillance video , walked through a security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport "without being stopped by a TSA agent" and... More »

Man Sues TSA for Making Him Miss His Flight

Hooman Nikizad wants $500 and change for long lines at Minneapolis airport

(Newser) - An hour-and-a-half wait on a TSA line in March not only gave a Minneapolis man agita—he says it caused him to miss his flight, and now he's suing the agency and the operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Star Tribune reports. "I had to buy... More »

Accused War Criminal Is Security Guard at DC Airport

Somali man allegedly oversaw 'incredible violence'

(Newser) - Yusuf Abdi Ali "oversaw some of the most incredible violence that you can imagine," Center for Justice and Accountability attorney Kathy Roberts tells CNN . "He tortured people personally; he oversaw torture." But despite the war crimes allegations, the Somali man has been working as a security... More »

TSA Paid $47K for App That Just Showed an Arrow

The arrow could point left or right, though

(Newser) - Today's SMH story comes courtesy of the TSA, who Mashable reports paid IBM $47,400 for "software so simple" that creating it would have been well within the reach of a novice app developer. The revelation comes by way of Kevin Burke , who filed a FOIA request in... More »

'Sign of Hope': Brussels Airport Reopens

First of 3 flights takes off as airport slowly gets back on its feet

(Newser) - A Brussels Airlines flight heading to the Portuguese city of Faro has taken off from Brussels Airport— the first passenger flight to leave the airport since suicide bombings on March 22 blew up its departures terminal. Arnaud Feist, the CEO of Brussels Airport Co., says the three flights leaving Sunday... More »

Brussels Airport Will Partially Reopen Sunday

'This is a sign of hope'

(Newser) - Twelve days after suicide bombs killed 16 people there, the Brussels Airport will reopen—at least partially—on Sunday, Reuters reports. Brussels Airlines will fly three flights—to Greece, Italy, and Portugal—out of the airport that day. "A restart of the operations, even only partially, as quick as... More »

Girl, 10, Gets 2-Minute TSA Patdown Over Juice Pouch

Her dad is fuming

(Newser) - A 10-year-old California girl was patted down for almost two minutes by a TSA screener at the airport in Raleigh, NC, on Dec. 30, and her dad is fuming. Kevin Payne and his daughter, Vendela, were on their way home to San Diego at the time, and Vendela had accidentally... More »

Sex Offender With Stolen Boarding Pass Gets Through Security

He was only caught when the real passenger checked in

(Newser) - Authorities at Salt Lake City International Airport are trying to figure out how a man who swiped a boarding pass that a female passenger had accidentally left in a kiosk was able to get past security. Michael Salata, 61, was able to check in at the boarding gate for a... More »

Officials Say TSA's Ability to Find Weapons Is 'Pathetic'

Up to 95% of bombs and weapons made it through screenings during undercover tests

(Newser) - Sure we have to take off our shoes and submit to privacy-invading body scans, but at least the TSA is keeping us safe while we travel. Er, not so much, it turns out. On Tuesday, lawmakers with the House oversight committee trashed the TSA's ability to detect contraband during... More »

Pierce Brosnan Stopped at Airport With 10-Inch Knife

He put it in his checked luggage, then boarded plane

(Newser) - Let's just say this wouldn’t have happened to the real James Bond. Pierce Brosnan, who played the iconic 007 agent in four flicks, was stopped at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport on Sunday attempting to carry a 10-inch hunting knife on board a flight, police say. TSA agents... More »

TSA Agents Failed 67 of 70 Tests

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said to be 'frustrated' by dismal results

(Newser) - They're good at finding dead bears, live snakes , and even human skulls , but what TSA agents don't find enough of are the fake explosives and weapons that undercover Homeland Security agents tried to smuggle past them. The results were downright dismal: TSA agents failed 67 out of 70... More »

2 TSA Screeners Fired Over Groping Scheme

CBS Denver: Male employee got help to perform patdowns on attractive men

(Newser) - TSA would have us believe that all its screeners are professionals who would never, ever stoop to gawking at our X-rayed private parts or, maybe worse, copping a feel. CBS Denver , however, reports that two screeners at Denver's airport have been fired after their groping scheme was uncovered. It... More »

Airport Perimeters Breached Hundreds of Times Since 9/11

At least 268 cases recorded at busiest US airports

(Newser) - Airports invested hundreds of millions of dollars in perimeter security after 9/11, and although not a single terrorist made it through, that might be because none tried, according to an AP investigation. Since 2004, there have been at least 268 perimeter breaches at America's 31 busiest airports, with intruders... More »

Man in Machete Airport Attack Has Died

He sprayed wasp killer at agents, had molotov cocktails

(Newser) - A machete-wielding man who was shot during a bizarre rampage at New Orleans' international airport died this afternoon, shortly after authorities revealed that he had also been carrying a bag of Molotov cocktails when the melee began. Richard White, 63, had been shot Friday night as he chased an unarmed... More »

Flier: TSA Locked Me Up for Asking to File Complaint

He sues over 23-hour ordeal

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man suing the TSA says he went through a terrifying 23-hour ordeal—just because he asked to file a complaint. Roger Vanderklok, a 58-year-old architect, says he was on his way to run a half-marathon in Miami in January 2013 when TSA agents at Philadelphia International Airport interrogated... More »

TSA Found 6 Guns Per Day Last Year

Most travelers said they forgot they were armed

(Newser) - "Oops, I forgot I packed that loaded gun." That's the excuse TSA agents heard more than a few times upon discovering 2,212 firearms in people's carry-on luggage at airports last year. That's 22% more than were found in 2013; just 660 firearms turned up... More »

Airport Bomb Joke Costs Surgeon $89K

Five airlines shut down operations in Miami

(Newser) - It might be the most expensive failed joke ever: A neurosurgeon has to pay more than $89,000 because he thought it would be funny to tell a ticket agent at Miami International Airport that he had explosives in his bag, reports Local10 . Most of the money will go to... More »

Cops: Man Sneaked Into Airport, Stole Truck

There was 'no threat to public safety,' says San Jose airport rep

(Newser) - For the third time this year , a San Jose airport has seen a major security breach. This time, a man allegedly managed to enter a restricted area and steal a maintenance vehicle at Mineta San Jose International Airport, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police say Miguel Zaragoza, 39, made his... More »

We Saw Terrorists Spying at Airport Way Before 9/11: Witnesses

Reports of al-Qaeda operatives surveying Logan were allegedly ignored

(Newser) - Three American Airlines employees reported spotting 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and at least one other man snooping around and videotaping security checkpoints at Boston's Logan Airport in May 2001—but no one did anything about it, according to newly released court papers cited in the New York Post . The... More »

Woman Hops Airport Fence to Halt Takeoff

She thought her partner was on plane: police

(Newser) - Apparently thinking her partner was flying off, a woman climbed over a Canadian airport's barbed-wire fence to stop a plane from departing, police say. Turns out her partner wasn't flying at all, according to police; for her part, the woman was "apprehended very quickly," says an... More »

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