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TSA security checks begin long before travelers arrive at the airport

TSA Security Checks Begin Long Before Travelers Arrive At The Airport (via Techdirt) The TSA may not be privately concerned about the average flier’s desire to hijack the flight he or she is boarding, but that hasn’t dissuaded it from continually ratcheting up the invasiveness of its pre-boarding procedures. Between…

TSA expands $85 fee program for less invasive airport screenings

You’ve likely heard the phrase “freedom isn’t free” before, probably in the context of honoring our service men and women, paying taxes, voting, or paying for audio clips of the movie Braveheart. It’s one of those phrases that’s been used so often that…  …

Colbert defends TSA expansion: They have your safety in their hands — ‘also, your genitals’

Stephen Colbert welcomed the news on Tuesday that the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) was moving beyond airport security into train and bus stations and sporting events. “They have the safety of this nation in the palm of their hands — also, your genitals,” Colbert said. “And they’re finding all sorts…

Congressman: Reports of widespread TSA incompetence may be the ‘tip of the iceberg’

A Florida Republican congressman and frequent critic of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told CNN that a recent federal report showing a drastic increase misconduct complaints against airport security officials may not go far enough. “There’s not even a way to properly report some of the offenses,” Rep. John Mica…

Janet Napolitano answers critics of new TSA rules for knives on airplanes

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano quoted a “Saturday Night Live” comedian when she was asked about a storm…  …

TSA chief to defend knives-on-planes rule today at Congressional hearing

Copyright ImageClick to View TSA Administrator John Pistole, shown here testifying before Congress in 2010, will be back at the Capitol this afternoon to defend his decision to allow knives on planes during a hearing convened by a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images…  …

TSA to allow small knives on flights

Pocket knives and sports equipment — banned on US flights since the September 11, 2001 attacks — are to be allowed back in aircraft cabins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Tuesday. Passengers will be able to carry knives with folding blades 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) or shorter, as well…

Oregon man protests TSA by stripping naked at airport

A 49-year-old Oregon man thought the best way for him to protest the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Tuesay was to strip down completely naked at the airport, according to KATU-TV. John Brennan was arrested by authorities after refusing requests from the TSA to put his clothes back on. Brennan’s actions…

Man tries to board flight with knife in mayonnaise jar

A bizarre incident occurred at JFK airport in New York City Tuesday evening, where a man was caught trying to smuggle a knife onto a flight in a jar of mayonnaise, according to a spokeswoman from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The individual was scheduled for a flight to Mexico…

TSA to expedite airport security screening for $100 fee

Those who wish to avoid body scanners and pat-downs at airports can pay $100 to opt into a Transportation Security Administration expedited security screening program. “It’s pay to play,” aviation analyst Michael Boyd said on MSNBC. “I don’t know how much it is going to do for security, but is…

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