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  • First they came for your shoes, then your water. Now TSA is coming for your snacks.

    06/30/2018 1:40:01 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 61 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 6/29/18 | Martine Powers
    They came for your laptops. And for your liquids, and your shoes. Now, the Transportation Security Administration is coming for your snacks. Passengers at airports around the country — including all three of the Washington region’s major airports — are reporting that, increasingly, TSA agents are instructing them to remove their snacks and other food items from their carry-ons and place them in those ubiquitous plastic bins for separate screening. It’s not part of agency’s standard policy, according to TSA spokesman Mike England. It’s simply a recommendation issued by the agency last year to help speed the bag-check process. Screening...
  • TSA Pistols Discovered in Carry-ons 28 May-June 3rd 2018

    06/29/2018 4:12:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    During the week of 28 May to June 3rd, 2018, the TSA discovered 97 pistols in carry-ons at airports where security is controlled by the TSA. The collage of pistols shown above is a sample of those found. TSA gives a list of the pistols found. The list shows the make, model and caliber of most of the pistols. There were 93 pistols where the caliber was identified.9 mm pistols were still the most common, with 36 represented. .380 pistols, known in Europe as 9X17, 9 mm Kurtz, or 9 mm Corto,  were the next represented, with 24 present....
  • TSA Discovers Over 100 Pistols May 14-20 2018 in Carry-ons

    06/12/2018 8:08:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) discovered 101 pistols in carry-on luggage at TSA covered airports in the United States during the week of 14-20 May, 2018.  The above collage of 27 pistols pictures are a sample of those found. The characteristics of the pistols found included caliber, make, and model for most of the pistols.  Seven pistols did not have a caliber listed. 9mm pistols were the clear favorite, with 43 of the 94 pistols being in 9mm. Another 23 were in .380 caliber. 9x19 and 9x17 (to use the European designation, made up 66 of the 94 pistols...
  • TSA criticized over video showing agents searching 96-year-old woman in wheelchair

    06/09/2018 10:24:23 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/18 | John Bowden
    TSA agents are facing heavy criticism on social media after a video of a 96-year-old wheelchair-bound woman being searched by agents at Washington Dulles International Airport was seen by almost 9 million people last month. Jeanne Clarkson told CBS News that she was furious that her mother, who is seen in the video being patted down by TSA agents in her chair and with a metal detector for metallic devices, was treated in such a manner. "I was just shocked. I've traveled with her before, I've been in a wheelchair myself unable to walk through the machines and I've never...
  • Pistols and Ammunition Discovered by the TSA in One Week

    06/01/2018 6:02:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The collage of pistols discovered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a small sample of the 84 pistols discovered in carry-on luggage the week of May 7th to May 13th, 2018. TSA writes the total number of pistols discovered was 84, with 75 holding ammunition, and 29 of those having a round in the chamber. From tsa.gov: TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up...
  • Woman fined $500 for saving free Delta Air Lines snack

    04/22/2018 7:21:23 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 228 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2018 | Alexandra Deabler
    A Colorado woman is facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for saving a free apple she received as a snack from Delta Air Lines on her way back to the United States from Paris, France. Crystal Tadlock told Fox 31 Denver, toward the end of her flight from Paris, flight attendants passed out apples in plastic bags as a snack. Tadlock put the fruit in her carry-on to save for when she was hungry during the second leg of her trip. Once Tadlock arrived in the U.S., she went through Customs and her bag was...
  • 'Violent deportee' ID'd after escaping ICE custody at JFK airport

    03/28/2018 2:17:35 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 3/28/18 | Benjamin Brown
    Authorities identified the “violent deportee” who remained on the loose Wednesday after escaping immigration custody hours before at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, from Senegal, reportedly fled authorities at the airport while going through security. He was at the airport for deportation, expected to board a flight back to his home country. “Mbacke entered the country lawfully in 2005 before violating the terms of his status. He was ordered deported in September 2015 by an immigration judge,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Wednesday statement. “Mbacke has previous criminal convictions for multiple...
  • 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 thedenverchannel.com: 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
    cbslocal.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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....