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NFL Player: TSA Spilled My Mom's Ashes

AJ Francis called out the agency on Twitter

(Newser) - New York Giants player AJ Francis says a TSA employee spilled his mother's ashes while performing a bag check on his checked luggage, ESPN reports. The defensive lineman called out the agency on Twitter Monday, posting a picture of ash-covered clothing along with a profanity-laced tweet that read in... More »

False Positive at US Airport Sparks Trouble for Canadian

Navdeep Bains accepted apology from US officials after he was asked to remove turban

(Newser) - The Trump administration has apologized to a Canadian cabinet minister who was repeatedly asked to remove his turban at a Detroit airport. Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, who's religiously obligated to wear a turban as a Sikh, publicly discussed the April 2017 incident on Thursday,... More »

Busiest US Train Station to Start Looking for Suicide Vests

TSA testing suicide-vest detectors at Penn Station

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration will begin testing new suicide vest-detection technology at New York City's Penn Station starting Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer says. Schumer pushed for the technology to be tested in New York City after a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to... More »

TSA Issues Order Over 'Persistent Threats to Aviation'

Affects flights headed to the US from 5 Mideast countries

(Newser) - US authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration order is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in response to "persistent threats to aviation," TSA said... More »

TSA: Alleged TV Crew Tried to Create 'Mass Panic' at Airport

At least 7 arrested in Newark after being accused of trying to pass fake bomb through security

(Newser) - Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it happened at Newark Liberty International... More »

Report: Christie Learned Hard Way About Loss of Airport Perk

He's now New Jersey's ex-governor

(Newser) - Chris Christie has lost one of the perks he enjoyed as New Jersey governor, and sources tell Bloomberg that he found out the hard way. Christie, who left office on Tuesday, tried to use a VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport with his state police detail Thursday morning and... More »

5 Weirdest Things TSA Found in 2017

Satan's pizza cutter?

(Newser) - While many travelers fret about whether they've exceeded the TSA limits for liquids in their carry-on luggage or whether they mistakenly packed their e-cigarettes in their checked bags ( not allowed ), others saunter right up to security checkpoints and baggage drop-offs with what the TSA calls "more... More »

TSA Agents Find Wild Surprise in Guy's Luggage

It was a dead cougar

(Newser) - Police say a hunter's trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage. No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag, reports the AP . But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that TSA agents... More »

TSA Screenings Fail at a 'Disturbing' Rate

Democrat says TSA funds are being used to pay national debt

(Newser) - An alarming new report weeks before the busiest air travel days of the year finds that TSA agents at airport checkpoints miss test weapons, explosives, and other contraband items most of the time. During an undercover operation, Department of Homeland Security inspectors "identified vulnerabilities with TSA's screener performance,... More »

TSA Makes Big Change to Electronic Device Screening

We can only assume this will mean longer lines

(Newser) - Passengers at all US airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone, the AP reports. Security officers will ask travelers in regular lanes to take all larger devices out of their bag and put them in a bin by themselves, similar to the screening... More »

Aly Raisman: 'Sexist' TSA Agent Doubted My Muscles

Olympic gymnast describes 'rude and uncomfortable' interaction with male agent

(Newser) - Aly Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, says she was the victim of some uncomfortable sexism at the hands of the TSA. The 22-year-old shared the story on her Twitter account Wednesday, the AP reports. It started when a female TSA worker told Raisman she recognized her by... More »

TSA Has a New Pat-Down Technique at Airports

Agency gives police a heads up, bracing for complaints

(Newser) - The TSA has rolled out a new pat-down technique at airports, and it's apparently expecting people to be unhappy. Bloomberg reports that the agency has advised local and airport police about the change in case they get complaints about "abnormal" frisking. So what's different? That part is... More »

There's a Way to Cut TSA Lines and TSA Costs

Waive the PreCheck fee, researchers say

(Newser) - Millions of people pay for the privilege of leaving their shoes and belts on and their laptops in their bags during airport security screenings. But a study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says by making the TSA's PreCheck program free—it's currently $85 for the... More »

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 »

Family Sues TSA After Teen Cancer Patient Assaulted

'One of them slammed her down … there was blood everywhere'

(Newser) - A Tennessee family is suing after they say TSA agents and airport police assaulted their disabled teenage daughter, WREG reports. Hannah Cohen and her mom Shirley were traveling home to Chattanooga after Hannah's final treatment for a brain tumor in June 2015. According to the Guardian , Hannah had made... 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 »

TSA Security Chief 'Removed'

Lawmakers outraged by his $90K bonus

(Newser) - Travelers who have experienced out-of-control airport lines and maddening security glitches may be glad to hear that TSA security chief Kelly Hoggan is out of a job—but less pleased to hear that he received $90,000 in bonuses. The House Oversight Committee tweeted Monday night that Hoggan, security chief... More »

TSA Struggling to Deal With Out-of-Control Security Lines

Even the announced hiring of nearly 800 officers might not do the trick

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security is urging airline passengers to "be patient" with security lines during the busy summer travel season, the AP reports. But that might be easier said than done as more and more passengers miss flights while waiting in security lines for literally hours. According to... More »

TSA Glitch Causes 3,000 Bags and Counting to Miss Flights Thursday

It's unclear when the problem will get fixed

(Newser) - The TSA says it is still experiencing delays in its checked bag screening system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which has resulted in more than 3,000 bags missing flights so far. TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez says the technical issue began about 6:45am Thursday. There's no estimate... More »

New TSA Record: 73 Guns in Carry-Ons in One Week

68 of those firearms were loaded

(Newser) - The week of April 15-21 was a record-breaking one for the TSA, though not a record it likely wanted to break. During that one-week span, the federal agency found 73 guns stashed in carry-on bags at airports nationwide, breaking the previous weekly record of 68 set just last October, the... More »

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