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  • 1 in 200,000 Passengers Forgot a Gun in Carry-on

    02/17/2018 11:37:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2017, 771,556,886 passengers traveled through 440 federally secured airports. Of those, only 3,957 forget that a firearm was in their carry-on baggage. There are over 400 million private firearms in the United States, 16 million people with permits to carry firearms, and 13 states where no permit is required to carry a concealed weapon.  That less than 4,000 forgot a firearm in their carry-on is amazingly low. That is one for every 200,000 passengers. Just a little over 1/3 or 34.8% of the firearms had a round in the chamber. They could not have been accidentally discharged in...
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied VIP entry at Newark Airport

    01/18/2018 6:59:28 PM PST · by usafa92 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/18/2018 | Dartunorro Clark
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the drawbacks of ordinary life Thursday morning when he tried to bypass the TSA line and was denied entry to a special entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport, normally reserved for VIP guests, dignitaries and elected officials, according to a source familiar with the matter. When Christie arrived at Terminal C in the airport with his New Jersey State Police detail and was taken to the entrance, which is located near the exit of the restricted area of the terminal, a Port Authority officer refused to let Christie use the special entrance, informing...
  • TV crew tried to sneak fake explosive device through Newark Airport security, feds say

    01/18/2018 6:14:55 PM PST · by MNDude · 20 replies
    Seven members of a cable television crew have been arrested after they tried to sneak a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said that the team was filming for cable network CNBC, which is based in Englewood Cliffs. The TSA did not release the names of the people they said were arrested, and the Port Authority only said that it was investigating the incident. The law enforcement source said the crew likely would be charged by the Essex County...
  • Texas Tech student questioned by TSA for brandishing school's 'finger gun' salute

    01/12/2018 9:14:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Taking a semester off from Texas Tech University to help her family recover from Hurricane Harvey, Diana Durkin was thrilled to return to campus for her sophomore year. But ironically, it was her enthusiasm that nearly halted her plans when she was stopped by the TSA before a Jan. 6 flight out of William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. “I love Texas Tech. I love the people, I love the school. Anytime I see someone I get really excited,” the 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News. In a nod to TTU’s mascot, the Masked Rider, Durkin said that Texas Tech fans often...
  • CO: Common Sense Prevails, No Charges for Rep Who Forgot Gun was in Carry-on

    12/24/2017 5:44:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In a show of common sense, no charges were filed against State Representative Lori Saine, R-Firestone. Lori had forgotten that her personal, legal, self-defense firearm was in her carry-on luggage. From DENVER — The Boulder County District Attorney has decided not to press charges against Colorado State Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, who was arrested December 5 after carrying a loaded gun through security at Denver International Airport.In a statement released Thursday, Boulder District Attorney Stanley Garnett's office said a criminal case against Saine could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and charges “are not appropriate.” She was...
  • DC delegate calls out TSA’s ‘chronic’ inability to recognize city’s IDs

    12/22/2017 6:07:51 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 12 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | December 22, 2017 8:48 pm | Mike Murillo | @MikeMurilloWTOP
    WASHINGTON — Since the change was made to use “District of Columbia” on D.C. licenses and ID cards, there have been reports of people having their ID’s authenticity questioned in airport security screening lines. A recent instance of this occurred after Thanksgiving, as a D.C. resident tried to catch a flight out of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Her office said the traveler almost missed their flight after officers discussed whether or not the license was valid before eventually letting them through. Norton sent a letter Wednesday to David Pekoske, administrator...
  • Gun Found In Lunch Bag Of TSA Worker

    12/06/2017 12:53:59 PM PST · by ransomnote · 33 replies ^ | December 5, 2017 | no byline
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – A Transportation Security Administration worker packed more than just a sandwich in his lunch bag while heading to work at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The worker mistakenly packed a gun, which was found by officials as the worker passed through a security checkpoint screening before work, confirmed TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy on Tuesday. “The firearm was detected on Friday at the security checkpoint when a TSA employee underwent screening at the beginning of their shift,” McCarthy said.
  • TSA Fails to Spot Weapons More Than Half the Time

    11/09/2017 8:27:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/09/2017 | Summer Meza
    Airport screeners working for the “badly” run Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reportedly failed to detect weapons more than 70 percent of the time in undercover tests — but that massive failure rate is actually an improvement from a similar test two years ago. Undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock knives, guns and explosives through airport checkpoints earlier this year, and succeeded far more often than they failed. But at least airport security is improving— slightly. When investigators did the same thing two years earlier, TSA equipment and personnel failed 95 percent of the time, prompting major changes in the...
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Pittsburgh airport's gates, shops, restaurants to open to non-flyers

    08/28/2017 2:59:56 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 28 August 2017 | Theresa Clift
    Pittsburgh International Airport next month will become the first airport in the country to allow visitors to access the airside terminal's shops, restaurants and gates without buying a plane ticket. Officials say the program will boost revenue for the airport and give Western Pennsylvania residents who don't fly often the chance to experience the airport's improvements. Under the program, which starts Sept. 5, visitors will be able to enter the airside terminal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those days and times were chosen because they are slow periods for the airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO...
  • TSA agent caught stealing cash from luggage at Orlando International Airport, cops say

    06/24/2017 4:25:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 23 Jun 17 | David Harris
    <p>A Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested Thursday after he was caught on video stealing cash from a bag going through screening at Orlando International Airport, Orlando police say.</p> <p>Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, who had been with TSA just a few months, was arrested on a charge of third-degree felony grand theft, records show.</p>
  • Terror Attacks In Britain Come As Summer Travel Season Kicks Off

    06/07/2017 8:26:48 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 18 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 6, 2017 | Alex DeMetrick
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The rash of terror attacks in Great Britain come as the summer travel season is beginning. That means security measures, especially at airports, will see increased work loads, and passengers longer waits. Finding and removing the everyday items that terrorists have turned into threats is a huge challenge, WJZ’s Alex DeMetrick reports. And between now and Labor Day, a lot of Americans will spend time coming and going by air. Since 9/11, passenger planes have been a high priority target for terrorists, with bombs bringing down a Russian airliner in Egypt, and blowing a hole in a...
  • “Show Me What Books You’re Reading” – TSA’s New ARMAP

    06/07/2017 6:55:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | June 7, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Much has been said of the ineffectiveness and intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the last decade and a half. However, when newspaper headlines start mocking the agency for asking a passenger “Is that a cookie or a bomb?”, it becomes clear that we have a real problem.To be sure, there is a vital need for pre-flight security. That has never been in question. What has been questioned is the amount of power granted to a single federal agency for performing functions that can, could, and should be undertaken by private agencies under contract with the federal government....
  • Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

    05/19/2017 9:28:21 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 86 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 May 2017
    A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer...
  • TSA Report Warns Against Truck Ramming Attacks By Terrorists

    05/04/2017 5:07:09 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies ^ | 5/4/17 | ROBERT WINDREM and WILLIAM M. ARKIN
    Truck owners and truck rental agencies in the U.S. must be "vigilant" about the increasing frequency of "ramming attacks" by terrorists using vehicles as killing machines, according to a new Transportation Security Administration report obtained exclusively by NBC News. The unclassified report warns owners, operators and rental agencies to protect their vehicles from theft. Entitled "Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures," the report was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies working with the Department of Homeland Security. The report notes that in the past three years, at least 173 people have been killed...
  • TSA Sexual Assault Redux

    04/25/2017 4:11:53 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 31 replies
    World News Bureau ^ | April 25, 2017 | Gina Miller
    Back in February, I wrote a report on being heavily groped between my legs by a woman with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I labeled what she did to me sexual assault, to which some people took offense in the comment sections where the column was posted. However, what she did fits the definition of sexual assault as provided by the United States Department of Justice. You can nit-pick definition and intent all you like and can call it what you will, but I will call a spade a spade, and just...
  • Underclothes That Display The 4th Amendment When X-Rayed by TSA

    04/24/2017 10:08:23 PM PDT · by vannrox · 43 replies
    Laughing Squid ^ | 29NOV10 | Scott Beale
    4th Amendment Wear is a series of underclothes that have the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution printed on them with metallic ink that so that it will show up when worn through a TSA X-Ray machine. The clothes are designed as a silent protest against the new reality of being searched to the point where we’re basically naked. We don’t intend for this to be anything more than a thought-provoking way to fuel the debate about safety vs. civil liberties. If we sell a few items, great. But the main intention is to open more dialogue. It’s more...
  • California officer detained in Taiwan after TSA misses gun in her bag at LAX

    04/20/2017 3:25:45 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 30 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/20/17 | Anita Bennett
    Federal officials have admitted that procedures were violated at Los Angeles International Airport when an off-duty police officer boarded a flight to Taiwan with a handgun in her carry-on bag. Santa Monica Officer Noell Grant was barred from leaving Taiwan on April 13, after she entered the country with the gun that was missed by airport security at LAX, authorities said. The Transportation Security Administration “has determined standard procedures were not followed and a police officer did in fact pass through the checkpoint with a firearm,” TSA Public Affairs Manager Nico Melendez said in a statement Wednesday. This still image...
  • Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

    04/17/2017 4:49:11 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 37 replies ^ | Updated 9:04 am, Monday, April 17, 2017 | Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States. She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, before the extra searches suddenly stopped in 2012. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which goes back to a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004. Time after time, airport authorities searched her baggage, rummaged through her electronics and quizzed her for hours about her...
  • The TSA says it’s allowed to investigate inside your underwear and you should just accept it

    04/12/2017 8:41:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    RARE ^ | 04/11/2017
    Little can surprise me in terms of the TSA’s waste, incompetence and sheer indignity, but this story may mark a new low. It’s about Evelyn Harris, a 65-year-old retiree who was flying out of Washington, D.C., this past January when she committed the terrible terrorism crime known as wearing a pantyliner. Harris went through the body scanner and thought she was free to proceed to her flight. A TSA agent thought otherwise. “I started to ask if I had done something wrong or if this was ‘random,’ but before I could get a second word out, the TSA agent yelled...