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At TSA Screening, the Last Thing You'd Expect

Dance-off!

(Newser) - Things aren't always so serious during TSA airport screenings. When Transportation Security Administration officer Joshua McCall complimented a boy's dance moves as his family was screened at Newark Liberty International Airport, the kid then challenged McCall to a dance-off, reports NJ.com . McCall accepted, and the ensuing video... More »

One US City Will Now Scan Its Subway Commuters

Devices in LA Metro will 'quickly and unobtrusively screen individuals for concealed threats'

(Newser) - All humans emit body waves, but if they're concealing an object under their clothes, that object blocks the waves—exactly what the Transportation Security Administration is banking on with the installation of the country's first body scanners in a transit agency. The subway system getting the first crack... More »

TSA: $300M Savings Could Reduce Screenings, Marshals

CNN gets its hands on internal TSA document

(Newser) - Hate airport security lineups? The Transportation Security Administration is offering to eliminate screenings entirely at small and medium-sized airports in a new cost-saving effort, CNN reports. An internal TSA document outlines the proposed $300 million budget slash, including fewer federal air marshals ($39 million), cuts at TSA headquarters ($26 million),... More »

Security Lines Could Get Much Shorter at Some Airports

A TSA proposal would eliminate screenings at smaller hubs

(Newser) - The TSA is reportedly mulling over a proposal to eliminate screenings at some airports, which would mark a major departure from the pricey, time intensive and often headache-inducing security measures put in place post-911. CNN reported Wednesday that the move would lift the requirement at 150 small and some medium-sized... More »

Belong to 'Quiet Skies'? Better Hope Not

It's a TSA domestic surveillance program in which marshals keep a close eye on passengers

(Newser) - It's called "Quiet Skies" and sounds for all the world like the name of some airline PR initiative. But as the Boston Globe reveals, "Quiet Skies" is actually the name of a TSA domestic surveillance program that has been operating on the down-low. It's not entirely... More »

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 »

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