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  • T.S.A. Expands Duties Beyond Airport Security

    08/06/2013 8:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/06/2013 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States. “The T.S.A., huh,” said Donald Neubauer of Greenville, Ohio, as he walked past the...
  • The Joke's On Us (Mark Steyn On Obama's KeyStone Cops Approach To Islamic Terrorism Alert)

    01/02/2010 4:24:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 42 replies · 2,876+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/02/2010 | Mark Steyn
    On Christmas Day, a gentleman from Nigeria succeeded (effortlessly) in boarding a flight to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. Pretty funny, huh? But the Pantybomber wasn’t the big joke. The real laugh was the United States government. The global hyperpower spent the next week making itself a laughingstock to the entire planet. First, the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) swung into action with a whole new range of restrictions. Against radical Yemen-trained Muslims wearing weaponized briefs? Of course not. That would be too obvious. So instead they imposed a slew of constraints against you. At Heathrow...
  • "Serious and Unacceptable" Security Breach Discovered at DFW International Airport - Video

    01/01/2010 6:15:05 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 689+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 1, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on a "serious and unacceptable" security breach that occurred in December at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Apparently, a security checkpoint was left unattended for at least 90 minutes on December 16: The Transportation Security Administration has launched an internal investigation after a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was left unattended and unsecured for 90 minutes earlier this month. Three agents have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. The agency said the agents left the checkpoint at Gate E8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 16. Personnel from the...
  • Your papers please: TSA bans ID-less flight [unless you "forgot" it]

    06/10/2008 9:55:57 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 15 replies · 353+ views
    c|net ^ | June 9, 2008 | Christopher Soghoian
    In a major change of policy, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that passengers refusing to show ID will no longer be able to fly. The policy change, announced on Thursday afternoon, will go into force on June 21, and will only affect passengers who refuse to produce ID. Passengers who claim to have lost or forgotten their proof of identity will still be able to fly. As long as TSA has existed, passengers have been able to fly without showing ID to government agents. Doing so would result in a secondary search (a pat down and hand search of...
  • New airport security rules: Duluth, MN

    06/26/2003 3:05:14 PM PDT · by frostbit · 4 replies · 173+ views
    Duluth Airport Website ^ | January, 2003 | Bored TSA employee
    Passengers are asked to not pack the following items in their carry-on luggage or on their person: (Subject to change) * Ammunition * Automatic weapons * Axes * Baseball bats * BB guns * Billy Clubs * Blackjacks * Blasting caps * Bows and arrows * Box cutters * Brass knuckles * Bull whips * Cattle prods