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  • Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

    08/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Philip Messing
    A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. The 22-year-old victim, who is Korean, had gotten off a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the agent, identified as Maxie Oquendo, 40, approached her near the B4 gate of Terminal B. Ogendo then asked her to follow him so she could be searched to see if she was carrying a knife or...
  • TSA At The Movies: Theater Chain Looks To Bring Security Theater To The Movie Theater

    08/23/2015 12:59:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 08/21/15 | Tim Crushing
    from the more-hassle,-same-safety dept Thanks to a string of theater-related tragedies, going to the theater is about to become as enjoyable as going to the airport. Following two recent deadly incidents at movie theatres in the US, the Regal Entertainment Group – the nation’s largest movie theater chain – this week added a bag and purse check policy as a security measure in some of the 569 theaters it operates. “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Regal Entertainment Group wants our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in...
  • TSA Spent $160 Mil For Scanners With A 96% Failure Rate

    08/18/2015 4:40:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/17/2015 | Staff
    Air Travel: When Congress decided to let the federal government take over airport security in the wake of 9/11, critics said it would only make matters worse. Fourteen years later, it looks like the critics had it exactly right.
  • Jason Derulo Plane Incident: Singer And Crew Get Kicked Off Flight, Fires Travel Agent

    08/17/2015 12:32:19 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Gina Masilotti
    Jason Derulo was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane after he and his bodyguards got in an argument with the staff prior to boarding. Jason Derulo and his crew were kicked off of a Southwest Airlines plane in Reno on Saturday on his way back to Los Angeles when he and his bodyguards got in a bit of an argument with TSA agents, according to TMZ. One of Derulo's reps said that they wanted to get through the airport as quickly as possible because TSA recheck was down, but one of the guys traveling with him was denied preferred...
  • Customs Officer To James O’Keefe: ‘Would You Really Support Trump As A Nominee?’ [VIDEO]

    ..."The officer is heard telling O’Keefe that he had a “hit” placed on him because Customs and Border Protection was worried that he might try to smuggle something past them during one of his undercover investigations..."
  • Morrissey Says He Was Groped at San Francisco International Airport

    07/30/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Geoffrey Eisler and Lisa Fernandez
    British pop singer Morrissey said he was groped at San Francisco International Airport this week on his way to London, and now he's making waves by blogging about what he's calling a "sexual assault." On his True to You "Morrissey Zine" blog, the former Smiths singer wrote that prior to taking off from SFO on July 27, he was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped him, "crouched" before him, and "groped" his private areas, moving away quickly when another officer passed by. Morrissey said two members of the British Airways Special Services were "horrified at the sexual attack,"...
  • Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

    07/10/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 50 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 03/27/2015 | Jana Winter and Cora Currier
    Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for — and score — in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept.The checklist is part of TSA’s controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception — known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to...
  • TSA blasted for tweeting photo of traveler's cash; 'And you wonder why nobody trusts you people'

    06/30/2015 10:16:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 6/30/15 | Chelsea Schilling
    The Transportation Security Administration is getting an earful from angry Americans after the agency’s spokeswoman tweeted a photo of the contents of a traveler’s suitcase – $75,000 in cash – for all the world to see on Tuesday. “If you had $75,000, is this how you’d transport it? Just asking! TSA @ RIC spotted this traveler’s preferred method,” tweeted Lisa Farbstein, TSA spokeswoman at headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The public reaction was fierce and included some of the following comments: So … taxpayers are paying you to tweet photos of their luggage? image: http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/06/TSA_Lisa_Farbstein.png TSA_Lisa_Farbstein What other perfectly legal possessions...
  • Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'

    06/19/2015 3:55:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 19 Jun 15 | Jeremy Bender
    (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during an annual call-in show on Russian television, "Conversation With Vladimir Putin," in Moscow, April 16, 2015. Russia's ambassador to Sweden has warned the country of the potential military "consequences" associated with joining NATO in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, The Local reports. Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev told Dagens Nyheter that Russia does not have any military plans against Sweden, in line with Stockholm's alliance neutrality.
  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry Too Much About the TSA’s 95% Failure Rate

    06/17/2015 9:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/17/2015 | Charlie Martin
    In the dim forgotten days of 2001, 19 terrorists took control of four planes, attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and crashing the fourth plane in a field in Pennsylvania. I’m sure you heard about it, it was in all the papers.Okay, I’m being a bit too cynical – I’m an old curmudgeon. But the attacks of September 11, 2001, hit the U.S. and hurt it, and put us into a war that, contrary to the apparent belief of the current administration, continues today.Everyone who flies anywhere now feels the effects, as they go through the TSA screening...
  • Homeland Security Searching for Leaker [semi-satire]

    06/13/2015 3:14:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Last week’s news that the TSA failed to detect 95% of the weapons smuggled onto airlines in its security test has focused the Department on ways to tighten up security. Readers will be forgiven for mistakenly assuming that the tightening efforts will be on ways to interdict more smuggled weapons. In fact, the main concern, as Secretary Jeh Johnson sees it, “is finding the person who leaked these confidential test results to the media.” “The sad truth is that there is no way we can intercept more than a tiny fraction of actions hostile toward our air transportation system,” Johnson...
  • Homeland Security looks for leaker of report on airport-checkpoint failures

    06/10/2015 2:56:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Ashley Halsey III
    The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he is investigating the leak of classified information from an undercover operation in which investigators were able to slip through airport security with weapons and phony bombs more than 95 percent of the time. “We have started an investigation to determine where the leak was,” Inspector General John Roth told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The information received widespread attention in the news media and on Capitol Hill. Roth told the panel that he had briefed top officials about his findings without the information leaking to the public....
  • TSA hearing interrupted by bomb threat

    06/09/2015 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/15 02:32 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    A Senate hearing about the Transportation Security Administration’s recent failure to identify prohibited weapons in security tests at airports across the country was interrupted on Tuesday by a bomb threat. Lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee were getting their first chance to question officials about the findings of the TSA report, documented a series of undercover sting operations in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items; much of its findings remain classified. The panel’s chairman interrupted testimony to announce the floor of the Senate Dirksen Office Building where the TSA hearing was being held in was...
  • President Gives TSA “Vote of Confidence” [semi-satire]

    06/09/2015 10:21:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 June 2015 | John Semmens
    Recent field tests indicating that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to detect smuggled weapons 96% of the time did not deter President Obama from expressing his “continued confidence in the job they are doing protecting our aviation network.” Press Secretary Josh Earnest contrasted the dismal test results with “the absence of any recent real world attacks,” saying that “I’d put more weight on what hasn’t happened than on what might’ve happened. Some are saying that we’ve just been lucky that no terrorists have tried to hijack an airline. But as baseball great Dizzy Dean once said ‘maybe it’s better...
  • Good News: TSA Fails to Screen Airport Workers With Ties to Terrorism

    06/09/2015 6:55:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week an Inspectors General report showed the Transportation and Security Administration failed to prevent 96 percent of terror attacks during undercover tests. Now, another IG report shows that not only has TSA failed to detect fake bombs, weapons and other explosives nearly 100 percent of the time, but also people with terrorism ties working at airports across the country. More from Fox News: The results of a new audit show that -- while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers -- it still failed to flag 73 airport workers "linked to terrorism." According to TSA data, the...
  • TSA fails to identify 73 employees with links to terrorism

    06/09/2015 5:51:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the TSA's jobs is to vet airline and airport employees applying for unescorted access to sensitive areas at an airport. They aren't supposed to approve people with links to terrorism - but they did. A Homeland Security inspector general's report identified 73 people approved for access with links to terrorism.This comes on the heels of a report last week that agency employees were able to prevent guns and explosives from being smuggled onboard an aircraft only 5% of the time. Feel safer now? The Hill: The latest report involving the agency identified the 73 individuals after the...
  • IG report: TSA failed to identify 73 workers 'linked to terrorism'

    06/08/2015 1:18:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 8, 2008
    On the heels of Transportation Security Administration workers flunking a security test at airport checkpoints, the results of a new audit show that -- while the agency keeps a robust system for screening commercial airport workers -- it still failed to flag 73 airport workers "linked to terrorism." Apparently, TSA does not have access to all the terror watchlist information it needs to make those judgments. “The TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operations because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watch-listing policy,” the June 4 Inspector General report stated. According...
  • Staged Security

    06/07/2015 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t secure much of anything; it is mere “security theater.” Last week’s revelations that TSA screeners failed to find weapons and other deadly contraband in 96 percent of tests should be shocking. So-called “Red Teams” with the Department of Homeland Security secretly brought banned weapons, including mock bombs, through TSA checkpoints at dozens of airports across the country with the greatest of ease. (On a side note, news reports have cited the 67 failures to detect weapons in 70 tests of the screeners to be a 95 percent failure rate. For the record, the precise...
  • Bomb Threats Made Against 5 Planes on Tuesday, Part of Memorial Day Hoax Wave

    06/02/2015 3:41:58 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 June 2015 | John Hayward
    Bomb threats were made against five different aircraft, from five different airlines, on flights either originating or landing in the United States on Tuesday. Officials say all five of the threats were “non-credible,” part of a surge in hoax bomb threats in progress since Memorial Day. NBC News says all the “threats of chemical explosives” were “phoned” in. UPI clarifies that at least one of the threats, against U.S. Airways Flight 648 from San Diego, California to Philadelphia International Airport, was received by telephone at the Transportation Security Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. Flight 648 was evacuated after landing, moved...
  • TSA Boss Dumped Over Stunning Security Lapses

    06/02/2015 1:03:27 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Newser ^ | 06/02/2015 | Arden Dier
    Acting director Melvin Carraway replaced 'effective immediately'The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Mark Hatfield will replace Melvin Carraway until the Senate can confirm President Obama's nomination of Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as the agency's next administrator, which he hopes can be done "as quickly [as] possible," reports the New York Times. Carraway—who only became acting director in January, Politico notes—will move to Homeland Security's Office for...
  • After TSA Fails 96 Percent of Tests, Obama Continues to Have Confidence in "Security" Agency

    06/02/2015 11:38:02 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Tuesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Americans can be confident airports around the country are secure and that President Obama still has confidence in the TSA. "The President does believe the American people should feel confident in traveling airports all across the country because there are security measures in place to protect the traveling public," Earnest said. "The President does continue to have confidence that the officers of the TSA do very important work that continues to protect the American people and continue to protect the American aviation system." "Now, what's also true is...
  • TSA Chief Out After Agents Fail 95 Percent of Airport Breach Tests

    06/01/2015 7:43:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/1 | TOM COSTELLO and M. ALEX JOHNSON
    The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints. Melvin Carraway, an 11-year veteran of the TSA who became acting administrator in January, was immediately reassigned to job coordinating DHS programs with local law enforcement agencies, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday night. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Pete Neffenger's nomination to be permanent administrator is awaiting Senate confirmation. Upon learning the initial...
  • Rest easy, citizens: TSA finds almost 1 in 20 test bombs during screening

    06/01/2015 2:22:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A few weeks ago I had to go back to DC yet again for the Right Online conference and it involved flying in and out of Reagan, as well as Newark. As usual, I stood in the long lines – even with my previous screening check mark on my boarding passes – and went through all the rituals of unloading some of my things and passing through a detector. When I arrived at the hotel I opened my bag to find the usual TSA greeting card indicating that they had searched my checked baggage, no matter how much of...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • 2 U.S. agencies warn on imminent ISIS attack

    04/26/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/26/2015 | unknown
    While the FBI investigates a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, the TSA issued a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil. Little is known about the nature of the attack other than its imminence, which has prompted the TSA to deploy its new Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR, to various undisclosed locations. The VIPR teams include airports, train stations and other busy transportation hubs. One law enforcement source suggested parts of California were of special concern.
  • Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit [LOL - Backwards title!!]

    04/21/2015 4:24:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 21, 2015
    A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks after armed agents forced her from a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, made her undress during a search and held her for hours. American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
  • St. Charles deputy shooting suspect fired by TSA, lived in motel

    04/17/2015 1:43:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/17/15 | Littice Bacon-Blood
    The suspect arrested Thursday (April 16) and booked with attempted first-degree murder of a St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy, was fired from the Transportation Security Administration for "unbecoming conduct" and was previously arrested and booked with domestic violence and aggravated assault, St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne said. The suspect, 58-year-old John Pau Devillier, is a native of St. Charles Parish. However, authorities say his most recent residence was a room at the Value Place Motel in Gulfport, Miss. "We are at this time thoroughly looking into Mr. Devillier's past," Champagne said. "We have learned, what I can positively corroborate about...
  • Security expert pulled off flight by FBI after exposing airline tech vulnerabilities

    04/17/2015 4:56:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    One of the world’s foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself. Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they're exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes. The FBI interrogation...
  • Denver TSA agents fired over groping scheme allegations

    04/15/2015 4:41:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 4/14/2015 | Staff
    <p>Two security agents at Denver International Airport have been fired over allegations they manipulated passenger screening systems to allow one of them to grope male travelers..</p> <p>Denver television station KCNC obtained law enforcement reports that found a Transportation Security Administration supervisor saw a female screener coordinating with a male screener in February to allow him to grope the crotch of a male passenger he thought was attractive.</p>
  • CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals

    04/14/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | April 13, 2015 | Brian Maass
    A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.
  • Hidden cameras show airport workers stealing

    04/14/2015 1:21:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 14, 2015 | By Scott Zamost, Drew Griffin and Curt Devine CNN
    MIAMI (CNN) - Inside a plane at Miami International Airport, baggage handlers are going on a shopping spree with passengers' bags. What they don't know is that they are being recorded on a hidden camera. The Miami-Dade Police Department set up the camera as part of an ongoing police investigation into luggage thefts by the very airport workers who are supposed to get bags safely onto planes. "It's a problem we all face," said police Lt. Pete Estis. "We will continue to be proactive until we can see that the claims of pilfering through luggage will actually decrease."And these insider...
  • SA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals

    04/14/2015 7:03:46 AM PDT · by magellan · 53 replies
    KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver ^ | April 13, 2015 | Brian Maass
    A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers. It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4. According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he "gropes" male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA. "He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by...
  • “Don’t Sweat it” Takes On Whole New Meaning With TSA

    04/01/2015 11:34:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Careful, airline passengers! If you happen to show up to your flight late, or are nervous about forgetting to turn off the lights before your trip, you may find yourself interrogated by one of the Transportation Security Administration’s 3,000 “Behavior Detection Officers” (BDOs). These lightly trained security sleuths are employing an actual “ scoring” system to identity terrorists trying to board a commercial airliner. Even “exaggerated yawning,” a “cold penetrating stare,” or strong “body odor” are among the tell-tale signs for which the eagle eyes – and noses – of these BDOs are watching. In case you might be wondering...
  • Airport pat-downs of black women's hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU

    03/29/2015 6:59:47 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 26, 2015 | Sharon Bernstein
    Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their "sisterlocks." Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for an academic conference on dementia when a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport began pulling and squeezing her hair. "I was going through the screening procedures like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full body scanner, the agent said, 'OK, now...
  • TSA pilot screening? (vanity)

    03/27/2015 4:34:00 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    March 27, 2015 | me
    Do pilots go through TSA screening just like everyone else, standing in line just like everybody else? Or do they have their own TSA line? Or are they exempt from the whole process?
  • Vanity- TSA

    03/26/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by publius911 · 32 replies
    Travel planning | Mar 26, 2015 | Myself
    Anyone know how TSA-approved luggage locks work?
  • Live coverage: New Orleans airport machete attack news conference

    03/21/2015 4:38:59 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/21/15 | Ken Daley
    Live coverage of the news conference regarding the machete attack Friday night (March 20) inside the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport starts here: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: "We're going to learn a lot from this incident." Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand: "We accomplished a lot of things last night with assistance of Kenner police, FBI, ATF and others." Normand clarifies some inaccuracies reported by sheriff's office last night. Says no traveler was grazed by a bullet as originally reported. TSA agent was being chased by Richard White as he waved the machete. JSPO lieutenant's first shot wounded female...
  • DHS IG: TSA GRANTED EXPEDITED SCREENING TO FORMER MEMBER OF ‘DOMESTIC’ TERROR GROUP

    03/21/2015 1:40:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 21, 2015 | By Edwin Mora
    The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) granted expedited screening privileges to a former member of a “domestic” terror group convicted of explosives-related crimes, “creating a significant aviation security breach,” reports a government watchdog. TSA agents were aware that the traveler had been improperly cleared to use expedited airport security lanes. Nevertheless, the individual was allowed through to his flight on June 29, 2014, reveals the inspector general (IG) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a partially redacted report. TSA is a component of DHS. “Mitigating and reducing passenger screening vulnerabilities is important to our nation’s aviation security,” said DHS...
  • TSA Issues Secret Warning on 'Catastrophic' Threat to Aviation

    02/26/2015 12:53:00 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 39 replies
    First Look / The Intercept ^ | 02/25/2015 1:34 PM | Jana Winter
    The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat. Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of every person...
  • Exclusive: TSA Issues Secret Warning on ‘Catastrophic’ Threat to Aviation

    02/26/2015 1:02:09 PM PST · by illiac · 54 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 2/26/15 | Jana Winter
    The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat. Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret [PDF here]. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of...
  • John Boehner Blows Kisses to the Press, Won't Budge on DHS

    02/26/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    NATIONAL JOURNAL ^ | February 26, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday. ... Boehner doesn't appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would. ... McConnell had attempted to push through a House-passed funding bill four times, but Senate Democrats blocked it...
  • How Many People Forget they have a Gun at the Airport?

    02/20/2015 10:37:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As the graphic from TSA shows, they interdicted over 2,200 firearms, mostly loaded, from travelers' carry-on bags, holsters, pockets and a few other places and items last year.  No doubt most of the interdicted firearms were those inadvertently brought into the security checkpoint by someone who otherwise could legally carry the firearm.  The top ten airports are all in places with lots of permit holders.  Three in Texas, three in Florida, one each in Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, and Colorado.  The Crime Prevention Research Center shows that there were 11.1 million concealed carry permits in the  United States in July...
  • TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel

    02/12/2015 3:58:49 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 110 replies
    SafeHaven ^ | 2/10/15 | Wendy McElroy
    TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel By: Wendy McElroy | Tue, Feb 10, 2015 Share Print Email Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet).Over the Christmas season, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called "Real ID." State driver's licenses will no longer allow Americans access to domestic flights, as they do now. Real ID will constitute...
  • IL DRIVERS LICENSE NOT ENOUGH TO FLY IN 2016?

    02/12/2015 6:53:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 2/11/2015
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver's licenses at airports starting in 2016. The Daily Herald reports the licenses don't meet requirements set by the 2005 Real ID Act that were meant to increase security. Illinois doesn't require a birth certificate to get a driver's license, which Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt said is one of the law's mandates. Haupt said state legislators would have to approve funding for changes to driver's license requirements. He said he's not sure how much it would cost, but the Secretary of State's office previously estimated...
  • REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying

    02/10/2015 1:25:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    B Swann ^ | 2/2/15 | Barry Donegan
    Starting in 2016, the Transportation Security Administration will require all airline passengers to present a REAL ID compliant identification card or a passport in order to board a flight. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 20-30% of Americans live in jurisdictions that are not REAL ID compliant, meaning their driver's licenses will no longer be accepted during security checks at the airport.
  • Transportation Secrecy Administration [ TSA ]

    02/01/2015 8:35:51 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Federal air marshals say agency brass abuses its authority to hide evidence of wrongdoing. Current and former federal air marshals allege that the Transportation Security Administration intentionally hid embarrassing information about supervisors’ misconduct and targeted employees who sought to expose the truth. The allegations revolve around TSA management’s overuse of an agency-specific designation called Sensitive Security Information (SSI). Though it is not classified, information deemed SSI is supposed to be kept from the public because it would harm transportation security. The marshals claim that the TSA has repeatedly abused the SSI classification, even going so far as to use it...
  • Thank you TSA

    01/01/2015 9:10:34 PM PST · by Dick Vomer · 63 replies
    Vanity | 1/1/15 | Me
    I'd like to thank the TSA for protecting our country by stealing my daughters makeup remover, hair products, and throwing all of her packed clothes back into her suitcase like a retarded monkey would. She is 17 and asked why they did that. She stopped herself and said "never mind , it's government people doing their stupid crap .". I was so proud of her and really want to thank the TSA thief by helping her see the true face of government employees.
  • New O'Keefe vid: Holder's Civil Rights Div. Gross Misconduct (also: O'K detained by TSA)

    12/04/2014 3:22:37 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 32 replies
    ProjectVeritasActionFund ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | James O'Keefe
    I made it to my hotel room in Baton Rouge at three am this morning so please excuse any typos. I'm still getting my bearings this morning. Right about the time you'll be reading this, I'll be walking into a press conference to announce not just our latest video, but action we're taking that hones in on the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Before I get to that, I wanted to share a quick personal story. I typically don't arrange my travel to arrive at 3am. But thanks to the fun folks at the TSA at JFK International,...
  • Midway Airport Security Line Reportedly Over 1 Mile Long (Sunday after Thanksgiving)

    12/01/2014 10:11:04 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 29 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/30/14 | Alana Horowitz
    Holiday travelers faced a literal nightmare on Sunday morning when the line for security checks at Midway Airport in Chicago was reportedly over a mile long. KOMO reporter Denise Whitaker said that the line was 1.2 miles long. An airport spokespersonsaid that she wasn't surprised by the crowds. “This happens sometimes,” Chicago Aviation Department rep. Karen Pride told the Chicago Sun-Times. “There was a period of time earlier this morning, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., that lines were long because that is when most people are traveling for the holiday period.” Twitter users posted pictures of the hellish scene....
  • Man attempted to board JFK flight with machete, stun gun, police say

    11/28/2014 6:19:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    nj.com ^ | 11/27/14 | Paul Milo
    Jalil Dewan, 57, was stopped around 10:20 a.m. after TSA agents spotted what they believed to be a rifle, authorities said. Agents found items including two stun guns, pellet guns, starter pistols and four boxes of pellets, the agency said. Dewan, who was headed to Dubai...