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TSA Didn't Catch 73 Airport Workers on Terror Watchlist

DHS: Problem is TSA isn't allowed to receive every bit of terrorism-related data

(Newser) - The good news from the Department of Homeland's Security new report on the TSA's "multi-layered process to vet aviation workers for potential links to terrorism": That process is "generally effective." The bad news: There were still 73 individuals who should never have gotten jobs with... More »

TSA Boss Dumped Over Stunning Security Lapses

Acting director Melvin Carraway replaced 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Mark Hatfield will replace Melvin Carraway until the Senate can confirm... 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 »

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 »

Flier Gets Lost Luggage Back—20 Years Later

Phone call from TSA shocks Maria Dellos

(Newser) - There's the headache of an airline temporarily losing your luggage, and then there's Maria Dellos' story. When the Tucson woman got a phone call on Tuesday about luggage that had turned up in the TSA's lost and found, she expected it was a follow-up regarding bags that... More »

TSA Busts Woman Pretending to Fly With Cat Litter

The box, and many more containers, actually hid pot

(Newser) - What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says one Canadian woman was short on bikinis and long on a multitude of no-nos that included two handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and "58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs,... More »

TSA Chief: Bad Hygiene 'Degraded' Underwear Bomb

Would-be bomber wore it for weeks, and it apparently got damp

(Newser) - You likely remember the failed underwear bomb aboard a 2009 flight to Detroit that sent Umar Abdulmutallab to prison for life . What you may not know: The plot seems to have failed thanks in part to lousy hygiene. In a panel discussion yesterday, TSA chief John Pistole said Abdulmutallab had... 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 »

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 »

LAX Shooting Revelations Raise 'What Ifs'

AP talks to sources who say armed officers had left the screening area

(Newser) - The Associated Press has talked to two unnamed law enforcement officials about the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, and the officials reveal a number of potential missed opportunities. A major one: There were two armed officers assigned to patrol the TSA screening area where authorities say Paul Ciancia opened fire,... More »

TSA Took $531K From Our Pockets Last Year

...because we forgot to put our change back in our pockets

(Newser) - The change in your pockets is lining the TSA's, well, pockets. The Washington Post shares the results of the TSA's 2012 fiscal report, which shows that it made off with a record $531,395.22 in change that travelers forgot to collect from security bins. (From 2008 through... 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 »

Coroner: TSA Officer Died in Minutes

2 to 5 minutes after he was shot multiple times, coroner's report reads

(Newser) - Contradicting reports that TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez lay bleeding for a half-hour and may have been saved , the Los Angeles County coroner's office has said Hernandez died two to five minutes after he was shot multiple times inside LAX, the LA Times reports. "Some of the reporting on... More »

TSA Officer Bled for 28 Mins After LAX Shooter Seized

Investigation under way into police, fire response in LAX shooting

(Newser) - Unnamed officials say TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez lay bleeding for 33 minutes at LAX before being taken to an ambulance. For 28 of those minutes, alleged shooter Paul Ciancia was in police custody, though officers hadn't yet declared the area safe to enter. Officers checked on Hernandez, who was... 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 »

Air Marshal Took Upskirt Pics of Fliers: Cops

He's charged with disorderly conduct

(Newser) - A federal air marshal was removed from a plane after police say he was caught taking upskirt photos of at least one passenger. The discovery and arrest yesterday happened on a flight from Nashville to Tampa and delayed the flight about an hour. The man who first reported the problem... More »

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 »

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