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O'Hare Screeners Find WWI Artillery Shells in Luggage

They were harmless, and teens weren't charged

(Newser) - It is not your run-of-the-mill red flag from airport security: Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare airport discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London. The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who... More »

Latest TSA Flub: Uh, Is DC License Valid?

Agent wasn't sure whether it was acceptable form of ID

(Newser) - A ridiculous TSA story has once again gone viral: Ashley Brandt was baffled last week when a TSA agent in Phoenix was initially unsure whether she could let Brandt through airport security with just a District of Columbia license. "I don’t know if we can accept these. Do... More »

Feds Warn Airlines of New Shoe-Bomb Threat

Terror groups working on new bomb designs

(Newser) - Air passengers headed to the US from overseas can expect much tighter scrutiny of their shoes—and bodies—in the days and weeks to come. The Department of Homeland Security has learned of a possible new shoe-bomb plot and told airlines flying to the US to pay extra attention to... More »

TSA Screener: Yes, We Laughed at Your X-Rays

Former employee writes of the not-so-professional work in airports

(Newser) - A former TSA employee has written a first-person piece for Politico Magazine , that, in the words of Ed Morrissey at Hot Air , "confirms pretty much everything we suspected about the TSA." Some excerpts from the article by Jason Harrington, who had previously posted anonymously at the blog Taking... More »

Teen Allowed on Plane After Pipe Bomb Confiscated

Skylar Murphy pleads guilty, gets year's probation

(Newser) - A pipe bomb in his carry-on bag wasn't enough to get Skylar Murphy, 18, kicked off his international flight from Canada's Edmonton International Airport. Officers discovered the bomb, as well as black powder, in Murphy's bag in September; though they took the items, they still let him... More »

$300M Security System Misses Guy Jumping Fence

Men run across runways in Newark, Phoenix incidents

(Newser) - Newark Airport has a Perimeter Intrusion Detection System that cost more than $300 million—and didn't make a peep when a cross-dressing man climbed over the airport fence, crossed two runways, and entered Terminal C this morning, the New York Post reports. The man, Siyah Bryant, 24, had been... More »

Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items

Including a gun, grenade, crossbow—and they all work

(Newser) - You may already find it ridiculous that you can't bring the tiniest pair of scissors through an airport security checkpoint, but you'll find it even more absurd after reading this: A North Carolina programmer is proving that even with all those security restrictions, it's still possible to... More »

Mistaken Reports of Gunfire Set Off Chaos at LAX

It was actually a car crash; police also got false report of gunman

(Newser) - A sign of just how on edge people at LAX airport remain three weeks after a gunman went on a shooting spree there: A car crash last night led to reports of shots fired and the evacuation of two terminals, reports NBC Los Angeles . Someone also phoned in a false... More »

TSA's $1B SPOT Program as Effective as Flipping a Coin

Screening 'the same as or slightly better than chance'

(Newser) - Nearly $1 billion spent on a TSA behavioral screening program may have been better spent in Vegas. Started in 2007 at a cost of $200 million a year, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program trains officers to scan crowded airports for suspicious-looking people. There's just one... More »

LAX Suspect Was Dropped Off by Friend

Paul Ciancia says he acted alone

(Newser) - Alleged LAX gunman Paul Ciancia told investigators he had acted alone after being dropped off by a friend in a black Hyundai, a police official tells the AP ; that friend, officials believe, didn't know what Ciancia had planned. The accused shooter is currently under heavy sedation—and 24-hour armed... More »

What We Know About Accused LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia may have been swept up in New World Order conspiracy

(Newser) - Accused LAX shooter Paul Ciancia remains hospitalized today with gunshot wounds, though police haven't released his condition. One of the few widely reported tidbits about a potential motive is that the 23-year-old carried a note with anti-government views that said he wanted to kill TSA workers and "pigs.... More »

Airport Shooter, 23, Identified

Paul Ciancia reportedly carried anti-TSA note; his dad called police today

(Newser) - We've got a name but still no real explanation of why a shooter opened fire at LAX today. Authorities have identified the gunman at Los Angeles International Airport as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia. A law-enforcement official says Ciancia was carrying a note that said he "wanted to kill TSA... More »

TSA Employee Killed Inside LAX

Gunman captured, now believed to be ticketed passenger

(Newser) - The LA Times reports that a TSA employee has been killed in today's shooting at a security checkpoint inside Los Angeles International Airport. Details about the shooter remain in flux. The latest reports suggest he was wounded by police in the ensuing shootout but remains alive and in custody.... More »

NBA Hall of Famer Arrested, Had Loaded Gun at Airport

Bill Russell had a .38-caliber pistol in luggage: TSA

(Newser) - Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage. Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed last night that Russell was cited for... More »

Man Dies as Airport Security Doors Keep EMTs Away

Two teams of responders have trouble getting to him

(Newser) - Emergency responders trying to get to a man inside Kennedy Airport's Delta terminal were twice thwarted at the security doors, and the New Jersey man ended up dying after a heart attack Saturday. Gunseye Adekunle, 50, was waiting to board a flight to Nigeria when he collapsed inside the... More »

TSA Halts 'Chewbacca' Over 'Lightsaber'

Peter Mayhew's lightsaber-shaped cane causes brief uproar

(Newser) - The latest TSA brouhaha is more amusing than enraging: Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, was stopped last week because agents didn't like the looks of his cane ... probably because it looks like a lightsaber. The 69-year-old, 7-foot-2-inch actor tweeted about the incident, and says... More »

TSA Backs Down: No Small Knives on Planes

Move to allow them met with outcry from flight attendants, others

(Newser) - The TSA is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs, and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition. By scuttling the plan to drop the knives and sports equipment from TSA's list of prohibited items,... More »

Traveler With Pressure Cooker Arrested in Detroit

Saudi Arabian man said it was a gift for his nephew

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian man was arrested upon arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport today after a series of suspicious incidents: First, Hussain Al Kwawahir was found to have a page missing from his passport; he told officers he didn't know how it had been removed. Then, officers found a pressure... More »

TSA Delays Lifting Ban on Small Knives

Flight attendants want rule change ditched permanently

(Newser) - The TSA has decided that now isn't such a great time to ditch its post-9/11 ban on small knives in aircraft cabins. The agency says it is delaying the policy change —which had been set to go into effect Thursday—to get more feedback from law enforcement and... More »

Detroit Airport Re-Opens After Evacuation

All-clear given as suspect is questioned

(Newser) - A terminal at Detroit's Metro Airport was evacuated for two hours this morning after an X-ray machine turned up a suspicious item, a spokesman says. Officials called in a bomb squad as hundreds of passengers trudged out of the terminal, apparently en route to an alternate terminal, CBS Detroit... More »

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