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  • All bets are off for shutdown's impact on Super Bowl

    01/17/2019 1:38:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Dareh Gregorian
    When it comes to Super Bowl LIII, air traffic controllers are flying blind. The government shutdown has already resulted in canceled planning meetings for the Feb. 3 game in Atlanta, and if the federal budget impasse continues, airport screeners and flight controllers at the busiest airport in the world will be working on game day for no pay. Dan McCabe, a National Air Traffic Controllers Association representative, told NBC News that his colleagues had been holding meetings over the past year to prepare for the surge in travelers to the area. But now the planning meetings, which included officials from...
  • Twitter: San pay the salaries of about 500 TSA employees

    01/16/2019 6:36:10 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 18 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/16/19 | Scott Budman
    @scottbudman #Update: San Jose says it will move forward with a plan to pay the salaries of about 500 TSA employees at @FlySJC during the government shutdown. The money would be an interest-free loan to be payed back after the government re-opens.
  • Passenger with gun made it through TSA checkpoint in Atlanta and onto Delta flight

    01/14/2019 8:18:24 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 73 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 13, 2019 | Faiz Siddiqui
    The Washington Post Democracy Dies in Darkness Try 1 month for $1 Sign In Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Gridlock Passenger with gun made it through TSA checkpoint in Atlanta and onto Delta flight TSA denied that the lapse was due to staffing shortages related to the government shutdown. A Transportation Security Administration employee checks in travelers at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Jan. 7. (John Bazemore/AP) By Faiz Siddiqui January 13 at 11:17 PM A passenger made it through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint with a gun on Jan. 2, boarding a Delta Air...
  • TSA Workers Are Now Quitting Because of the Government Shutdown, Union Says

    01/10/2019 3:22:32 PM PST · by Mariner · 77 replies
    Money via Yahoo ^ | January 10th, 2019 | Unattributed
    Some Transportation Security Administration employees are quitting their jobs as the partial government shutdown continues through its third week, leaving more than 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck. The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees, representing about 44,000 TSA workers, says some TSA employees have resigned, and others are considering quitting after working one of the busiest air travel periods of the year without pay. “Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardship and need for a paycheck,” said Hydrick Thomas, the union’s TSA Council president, in a statement. “Some...
  • TSA union: Officers quitting over shutdown, posing threat to passenger safety

    01/09/2019 2:53:56 PM PST · by detective · 129 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/9/2018 | Jayme Deerwester
    Transportation Security Agency officers forced to work without knowing when their next paycheck is coming are no longer just calling in sick. Now, 18 days into the partial government shutdown, some are resigning, according to Hydrick Thomas, who heads the TSA Council on the American Federation of Government Employees. “Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardships and need for a paycheck. Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown,” the official said in a statement posted to the union's website on Tuesday. He did...
  • Trump Calls Out CNN for Publishing 'Fake News' About the TSA Not Showing Up to Work

    01/05/2019 11:46:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 5, 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Saturday's media dump suggested that scores of TSA workers failed to show up to work as the government shutdown hits the two-week mark. According to CNN, "hundreds of TSA screeners" have called in sick, including at four major airports. At New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, for instance, reportedly as many as 170 TSA employees failed to show up to work. The report, which quotes "two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials," suggests this is all very bad news for travelers."This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect," Hydrick Thomas, president...
  • TSA agents working without pay during shutdown are calling in sick

    01/04/2019 3:51:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/04/19 05:04 PM EST | TAL AXELROD
    Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers have called in sick this week from at least four major U.S. airports as they work without pay during a partial government shutdown that's now in its 14th day, according to CNN. “This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect,” Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN. A TSA spokesperson acknowledged that absences have increased recently, but insisted security will not be affected. "Security effectiveness will not be compromised and performance standards will not change," the spokesperson said Friday in a statement to The Hill....
  • First on CNN: Hundreds of TSA screeners calling out sick

    01/04/2019 2:19:44 PM PST · by detective · 158 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/4/2019 | Rene Marsh and Gregory Wallace
    Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials. The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the shutdown enters its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight. "This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect," Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN.
  • TSA moving to all floppy-ear airport dog force because pointy-ear dogs ‘scare children’

    12/24/2018 7:09:26 AM PST · by libstripper · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 24, 2018 | Anna Giaratelli
    The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of swapping out pointy ear dogs for floppy ear ones in an effort to put more of the public at ease when interacting with its canines. "We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA ... to use floppy ear dogs," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said during a recent tour of operations at Washington Dulles International Airport northern Virginia. "We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern," Pekoske said. "Doesn’t scare children
  • Dear TSA, Please Stop Molesting Kids at the Airport

    11/23/2018 11:09:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | November 23, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    The other day -- after slogging through a check-in line at one of the nation's busiest airports, dutifully removing my shoes and belt, and checking my bag and pockets for other potentially dangerous items (water and loose change) -- I was pulled aside by a crack Transportation Security Administration agent so he could further investigate the contents of my carry-on. While waiting, I witnessed what looked to be a 10-year-old boy being molested by a 250-pound man. Now, normally I would have reported this incident to the proper authorities. Inappropriate contact with a child, inside or outside his clothing, is...
  • GOES Card

    10/26/2018 12:35:07 PM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 11 replies
    We've had a GOES card for several years. Its a card from the gummit that gets you by TSA security when traveling. I just got an email saying I have to convert my account over to the new TTP system. It gives me a URL "" to click on. Pardon my paranoia but not quite yet!!!!!!! Anybody here have a GOES account and get this email?????
  • TSA Humiliates WWII Vet in Wheelchair

    10/06/2018 3:12:26 AM PDT · by Godebert · 54 replies
    One America News ^ | 10/6/2018 | OAN
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  • TSA administrator says domestic surveillance program "makes an awful lot of sense"

    08/14/2018 10:52:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/14/2018 | KRIS VAN CLEAVE
    TSA Administrator David Pekoske said a surveillance program known as "Quiet Skies," which has been criticized for tracking American citizens not suspected of any crimes, "makes an awful lot of sense." "Our job overall as an agency, and the air marshals in particular, in flight, are working to make sure that we mitigate any risks that could occur in aircraft at 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 feet," Pekoske told CBS News in his first TV interview since the "Quiet Skies" program was disclosed to the public. "If an agency responsible for security has some information that might indicate that there may be...
  • TSA's 'Quiet Skies' Program Tracks, Observes Travelers In The Air

    07/30/2018 12:19:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | July 30, 20181:23 PM ET | Camila Domonoske
    Some Americans have been trailed and closely monitored by undercover air marshals as they traveled on U.S. flights, as part of a previously undisclosed Transportation Security Administration program called Quiet Skies. The existence of the program was first reported Saturday by the The Boston Globe, citing an internal TSA bulletin from March as well as anonymous sources within the department. The Globe says the program targets travelers who are not on terrorist watch lists and are not suspected of a crime. Some air marshals involved have expressed misgivings about the domestic surveillance program, questioning whether it's legal and whether it's...
  • Call Kurtis: The Government Seized $29K Of Mine When I Did Nothing Wrong

    07/26/2018 10:24:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 29 replies
    A Yuba City man says law enforcement confiscated his money but he didn’t commit a crime. Now he’s fighting to get back tens of thousands of dollars. Yuba City resident Josh Gingerich buys and flips trucks. A recent buying trip to do that cost him a bag of cash which was seized by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug interdiction task force at O’Hare Airport. “A little over 29 grand,” the amount taken said Gingerich who was not arrested and did not break any laws. “No marijuana, no drugs.” He believes an airport TSA agent saw the money in...
  • 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 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...