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Serial Stowaway Stopped at O'Hare Checkpoint

Marilyn Hartman faces felony trespassing charge

(Newser) - A 67-year-old woman who regularly has tried to sneak onto airline flights is due in court Sunday after being arrested at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody Friday night when trying to rearrange TSA lane dividers so she could sneak by a second checkpoint, officials... More »

TSA Guard Hands Traveler a Note That's Not Very Nice

Neal Strassner says he still doesn't understand why she did it

(Newser) - TSA workers don't usually hand people notes, and this could be why. Neal Strassner was going through security at a New York airport in June when a screener handed him a note reading, "You ugly!!!" CCTV footage he later obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request... More »

Diana Ross Says She Felt 'Violated' at Airport

She can 'still feel' screener's hands

(Newser) - Diana Ross says she felt "violated" by an airport screener who touched her between her legs after she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Motown legend says she blames the Transportation Security Administration for a screening at the... More »

Without Scooter Batteries, Vacation Was 'Humiliating'

Passenger unable to use scooter seeks damages

(Newser) - Stearn Hodge was on his way to a vacation celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary in 2017, he says, when a security agent at Calgary International Airport stopped him from taking the batteries for his scooter with him. Stearn Hodge lost his left arm and right leg in a workplace accident... More »

Thanks, Shutdown: This Airport Has Worst Wait Times

Minneapolis tops TSA's list at 46 minutes

(Newser) - With no end in sight to the government shutdown and TSA experiencing higher than normal absence rates , how are the security lines at airports? Not too bad, according to a press release from the agency that notes "national average wait times are within normal TSA times of 30 minutes... More »

Traveler Gets Through TSA Checkpoint in Atlanta With Gun

Carries it all the way to Japan

(Newser) - As TSA workers across the nation call out sick (or work without a paycheck ) amid the partial government shutdown, a passenger carried a gun on his flight out of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. TSA confirmed the Jan. 2 incident with ABC News , saying in a statement that "... More »

Airport Facial Recognition Device Scores a Big First

Feds say it caught an impostor using a French passport

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection says a new facial recognition system has caught its first impostor, three days after it was put into use at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. The system—which compares travelers' faces to passport photos to catch impostors humans might miss—flagged a 26-year-old man... More »

Women Describe 'Horrifying' Searches by US Customs

The Center for Public Integrity is taking a closer look

(Newser) - Tameika Lovell's case is harrowing—but isn't the only one of its kind. The 34-year-old was returning from a quick jaunt to Jamaica in 2016 when Customs and Border Patrol officers at JFK International allegedly took her into a secure room, squeezed her breasts, searched her vagina with... More »

Berlin Airport Terminal Shut for Deeply Personal Reason

A sex toy caused an hour-long closure

(Newser) - Around 11am on Tuesday, the D terminal at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport was shut down and an announcement was made seeking the owner of a piece of luggage. Airport personnel had flagged "suspicious content" during the X-ray screening, but when the bag's owner presented himself, CNN describes... 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 »

Orlando Airport Uses Face Scans for All International Travelers

Privacy advocates are worried

(Newser) - The latest in airport security: Get ready to have your face scanned if you're flying into or out of Florida's Orlando International Airport on an international flight. Other airports already use facial scanning for some departing international flights, but Orlando will be the first airport to require the... 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 »

Vegas Airport Lets Flyers Dump Marijuana Before Taking Off

Nevada legalized marijuana, but airports fall under federal jurisdiction

(Newser) - The Las Vegas airport has installed boxes where folks leaving Sin City can dispose of their stash of marijuana before flying, no questions asked. Per SFGate , the city's main hub for air travel, McCarran International Airport, installed the "amnesty boxes" following a vote by the Clark County Commission... More »

Airline Rejects Woman's Emotional Support Peacock

'This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons'

(Newser) - If you need emotional support from a peacock, don't count on flying United. The airline turned away a woman who tried to bring a peacock on a recent flight from Newark Liberty International as her emotional support animal, reports Business Insider . The woman initially argued that she was entitled... 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 »

New Security Measures Introduced for All US-Bound Passengers

American citizens, airlines aren't exempt

(Newser) - All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff, with both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, the US government said Wednesday. Both American air carriers and global airlines must comply, affecting all the 2,100 flights... More »

Pittsburgh Airport Is Bringing in a Post-9/11 First

Non-flyers will be allowed to shop, dine airside

(Newser) - Pittsburgh International Airport is bringing back a tradition that was banned after 9/11: letting people without tickets go through security to the airside part of the terminal. The airport will allow non-flyers airside to shop, dine, or say goodbye to loved ones at the gate as of Tuesday, with the... 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 »

Homeland Security Will Use Laptop Ban to Punish Airlines

If they don't comply with new security measures introduced Wednesday

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday introduced new security measures for international flights to the US in lieu of a complete ban on laptops, reports USA Today , which calls the measures a "massive escalation of airline security." The new rules will affect 180 airlines and approximately 325,... More »

Homeland Security: Flight Laptop Ban May Be Massively Expanded

John Kelly says it might cover all flights to and from US

(Newser) - Bad news for frequent fliers, good news for airport bookstores: Homeland Security chief John Kelly says officials are seriously considering banning laptops, tablets, and other large electronic devices from cabin baggage on all international flights to or from the US, reports the BBC . When asked on Fox News Sunday whether... More »

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