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Don't Want to Wear a Mask? Here's What it Could Cost You

The TSA has recommended a range of fines

(Newser) - People who refuse to wear a mask on public transit may get hit with fines ranging from $250 to $1,500—or higher, should the factors warrant it, the Hill reports. The TSA recommended the penalties Friday, saying in a statement : “Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA...

TSA Agent Jailed for Making Woman Show Breasts

TSA agent Johnathon Lomeli sentenced to 60 days in jail for LAX stunt in June 2019

(Newser) - A former Transportation Security Administration agent who was accused of tricking a traveler into showing her breasts as she went through security at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded no contest Friday to false imprisonment, authorities said. Johnathon Lomeli entered the plea to a felony count and was sentenced to 60...

Millions Fly in US Despite COVID Warnings

3.2M passed TSA checkpoints over the weekend

(Newser) - In the days around Thanksgiving, millions of Americans flew despite warnings that a surge in COVID cases could follow. Now, with cases surging around the country, millions are again disregarding the warnings, the New York Times reports. The TSA says 1,066,747 traveled through its checkpoints on Friday, followed...

Sunday Was a Good Day, Not a Great Day, for the TSA

Screenings hit milestone, but they're still way down

(Newser) - The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the US topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of pandemic for the devastated US airline...

Positive COVID Test Causes Delays at World's Busiest Airport

Atlanta checkpoint was closed for deep cleaning

(Newser) - Despite sharply reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, there were long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after a TSA screener tested positive for COVID-19. The main security checkpoint at the airport was shut down for a biohazard cleaning and travelers were directed to a smaller checkpoint, Fox reports....

TSA Halts Employee Use of TikTok for Social Media Posts
TSA to Employees:
Stop Using TikTok

TSA to Employees: Stop Using TikTok

Agency halts use of app for social media posts

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues. Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David...

Traveler: TSA Agent Conducted Very Peculiar 'Screening'

Johnathon Lomeli, accused of tricking woman into baring her breasts, is fired

(Newser) - If a Transportation Security Administration agent asks you to lift up your shirt in an airport elevator, he's probably not following screening protocol. One woman found that out the hard way, and now an ex-TSA agent is facing legal repercussions. Per a criminal complaint cited by the AP , 22-year-old...

TSA Confiscated a Record Number of Guns Last Year

But what does it really mean?

(Newser) - TSA found 4,432 firearms in passengers' carry-on baggage last year—its highest number ever. As Fox News points out, that's a dozen firearms per day, and 87% of those firearms were loaded. Thirty-four percent of them actually had rounds in the chamber. The total number confiscated is a...

A TSA Agent Had to Check Her Hair. Then: 'Giddyup!'

Native American woman Tara Houska says she was humiliated at being treated like an animal

(Newser) - A Native American woman who went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says she was humiliated by a TSA agent who yanked her long braids and treated her like "a horse." CNN reports Tara Houska, an environmental and indigenous rights activist, was flying into Minnesota Monday from...

Oof: Record Number of People Flying for Thanksgiving

TSA expects more than 26.8 million travelers over the holiday, up 4% from last year

(Newser) - Flying somewhere for Thanksgiving? Good luck. The Transportation Security Administration says more than 26.8 million people are expected to make their way through airport security checkpoints between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2—a record high, per the Hill , and a 4% increase over 2018, per ABC . The busiest days...

Woman Somehow Boards Plane Without Ticket, ID

She was screened by TSA, but beyond that not much is clear

(Newser) - Jenni Clemons found another woman sitting in her assigned seat when she boarded her Delta Air Lines flight at Orlando International Airport Saturday, and Clemons alerted flight attendants that they may have been assigned the same seat. Not so: The woman, who had no ID on her but whom authorities...

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...

TSA Officers on Leave Over Noose at Airport

Racist display was seen in restricted area of Miami International Airport

(Newser) - Two TSA officers are on leave after a racist display featuring toy gorillas and a noose was discovered at Miami International Airport. The display (see it here ) was discovered July 21 in a baggage-screening area not accessible to the public, per CNN . A TSA employee tells the outlet that...

Weird TSA Find of the Week: a Missile Launcher

Active-duty member of the armed services had put it in his luggage

(Newser) - Transportation Security Administration officers have found some strange things in travelers' baggage, and on Monday, they found a missile launcher. The weapon, which was not loaded or "live," was found in a checked bag at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, and the bag's owner—a man...

TSA's Windfall From Security Bins in 2018: $1M

Travelers don't gather their coins and cash with care when they're in a hurry, apparently

(Newser) - In your rush to catch a flight, did you ever neglect to scoop up your pennies, nickels, and dimes out of the plastic bins at security? You're not alone, and the Transportation Security Administration became about $1 million richer last year because of it. USA Today reports that's...

TSA Plans to Send Hundreds to the Border

Airport security screeners not said to be part of that group

(Newser) - Summer is looming, but a number of Transportation Security Administration workers will soon head not to airports but to the US-Mexico border. CNN first reported the news by way of an internal email it viewed from Gary Renfrow to regional TSA management. In it, Renfrow cited the "immediate need...

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...

TSA Agent Plunges Into Airport Atrium

Police say it was likely a suicide

(Newser) - An off-duty TSA worker fell to his death Saturday at Orlando International Airport in Florida in an apparent suicide, USA Today reports. The man in his 40s apparently jumped from a balcony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel after 9:30am and fell into the airport's "atrium area,"...

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...

TSA Absence Rate Hits Record High
TSA Absence Rate
Hits Record High

TSA Absence Rate Hits Record High

10% of screeners missed work Sunday

(Newser) - The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work hit a record 10% as the partial government shutdown stretched into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate was up from 3.1% on the comparable Sunday a year ago. The workers who screen passengers...

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