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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...

Cops: Drunk Banker Posed as Airport Screener

He singled out female passengers for pat-downs

(Newser) - Federal authorities are investigating how a man who had been boozing at an airport lounge was apparently able to pass himself off as an airport screener and bring women into a private booth for pat-downs. Law enforcement tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the man's outfit of khaki pants,...

TSA: Don't Bring Uncharged Devices on US-Bound Flights

Laptops to be checked as security cranked up

(Newser) - Passengers flying to the US from overseas should make sure their electronic devices are charged because they won't be allowed to board a plane with them otherwise, officials warn. The tighter scrutiny of electronic devices comes amid heavier security for US-bound flights from countries including the UK, France, and...

Security Stepped Up for US Bound-Flights

Officials worried about radicals with Western passports

(Newser) - Passengers flying to the US from certain overseas airports can expect tighter scrutiny starting within a few days. Officials say the Transportation Security Administration has been ordered to "implement enhanced security measures" amid fears that terrorists are developing "creative," hard-to-detect bombs, CNN reports. The tighter measures will...

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...

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...

LAX Shooting Suspect Due in Court Today

Ciancia to make first appearance since deadly rampage

(Newser) - An unemployed motorcycle mechanic charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month is due to make his first court appearance today. Paul Ciancia, 23, is not expected to enter a plea at his arraignment. He...

Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items
Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items
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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...

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...

Shot in Mouth, LAX Suspect Still Can't Talk

TSA mourns first agent killed in line of duty

(Newser) - As investigators try to piece together the lead-up to Friday's shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport , the alleged shooter is still too injured to talk. Paul Ciancia, 23, was shot in the leg and took a bullet in the mouth that split his tongue and knocked out his...

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...

The TSA: Now Guarding Music Festivals?

Not to mention sports matches, rodeos...

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is turning up in some unexpected places these days. The organization was originally created for airport security, but after the Madrid train bombing in 2005, special teams known as Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response were deployed. The groups are now working in train stations, highway weigh...

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...

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...

Under Fire, TSA to Keep New Knife Policy

But Congress considers legislation to reinstate ban

(Newser) - The TSA has gotten a lot of flak for deciding to allow small knives back on planes—but not enough to change its mind. "I could have done a better job of bringing (the policy) in earlier," TSA boss John Pistole testified before a Homeland Security subcommittee. Lawmakers...

TSA Draws Rage for $50M Uniform Deal, Knives Policy

Agency accused of being tone-deaf, making flight attendants 'sitting ducks'

(Newser) - Just a week before the sequester kicked in, the TSA signed a deal to spend $50 million on new uniforms, reports Politico . The agency calls the uniforms a necessity, but for many on Capitol Hill it was just another sign of the TSA's cluelessness. "When we’re losing...

TSA Ditches 'Naked' Body Scanners

But you'll still have to go through scanners that create generic images

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is done looking at your junk. The agency has confirmed for the AP that it intends to get rid of its much-maligned X-ray body scanners, which have proven controversial because they produce essentially naked images of travelers. Congress responded to the outcry by passing a law...

TSA OKs ... Snow Globes
 TSA OKs ... 
 Snow Globes 

TSA OKs ... Snow Globes

Finally!

(Newser) - Today, in really important travel news: You can finally carry that snow globe on your flight. That is, as long as it "appears to contain less than 3.4 ounces" of liquid, explains the TSA blog . How to tell if yours qualifies? Make sure it's smaller than a...

TSA Detains Wheelchair-Bound 12-Year-Old

TSA officers say her hands tested positive for bomb residue

(Newser) - TSA officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport detained a sick, wheelchair-bound 12-year-old for nearly an hour on Sunday, saying her hands had tested positive for bomb residue. It was something of a shock for Shelbi Walser, who has made the Dallas-to-Florida flight many times to get treatment for her genetic bone...

Supreme Court Refuses Body Scanner Case
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 Refuses Body 
 Scanner Case 
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Supreme Court Refuses Body Scanner Case

A rundown of cases the court refused to hear as new session open

(Newser) - The new Supreme Court term, which begins today, won't include a review of TSA body scanners: Justices have refused to take on a man's appeal in a case against the machines, which was also dismissed by federal courts in Florida and Washington, the AP reports. Nor will justices...

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