Lawmakers Ask TSA To Place Passenger Advocates In Airports

Lawmakers Ask TSA To Place Passenger Advocates In Airports

Considering all the negative press the Transportation Security Administration has received in recent years over its invasive airport security screening procedures, it couldn’t hurt for the TSA to have staffers on hand whose job it is to consider the best interest of the passengers. [More]

TSA Thinks Fake Gun On Your Handbag Is A Security Threat

TSA Thinks Fake Gun On Your Handbag Is A Security Threat

While gun replicas have been outlawed on planes since 2002, should that include miniature designs of pistols that are part of your handbag? This is the question that vexed a teenager who was stopped by TSA agents and told that her weaponized handbag was some sort of illegal security risk. [More]

Are Airport X-Ray Machines Killing Kindles?

Are Airport X-Ray Machines Killing Kindles?

The Amazon Kindle and other similar e-readers can be quite convenient for frequent air travelers who want to fly without packing heavy or bulky books. But some European jet-setters are reporting that run-ins with airport X-ray machines are killing their Kindles. [More]

Anti-TSA Complaints At All-Time Low

Anti-TSA Complaints At All-Time Low

Even as there has been growing concern about full-body scanners and grope-y pat downs at airport security checkpoints, the actual number of complaints against the Transportation Security Administration hit an all-time low last month. [More]

Some Full-Body Airport Scanners Banned In Europe

Some Full-Body Airport Scanners Banned In Europe

The full-body scanners being rolled out at security checkpoints in U.S. airports are either of the millimeter-wave type, which uses radio frequency waves, or the backscatter X-ray type, which uses ionizing radiation — and which has effectively been banned from use in European airports. [More]

TSA Warns Passengers: Wrapped Gifts May Need To Be Unwrapped

TSA Warns Passengers: Wrapped Gifts May Need To Be Unwrapped

If you have to fly this holiday season and you were planning on wrapping any presents before you get on the plane, the folks at the TSA have issued their annual word of caution on the matter: They may need to unwrap those carefully packed gifts. [More]

TSA Reportedly Firing Agent Who Wrote "Get Your Freak On" Note

TSA Reportedly Firing Agent Who Wrote "Get Your Freak On" Note

As we noted earlier this week, a Transportation Security Administration agent allegedly scrawled “Get your freak on girl” on an inspection note left with a woman’s checked bag that contained a sex toy. [More]

The TSA Thinks You Might Be Hiding Weapons In Your Big Hair

The TSA Thinks You Might Be Hiding Weapons In Your Big Hair

Here’s a warning to the big-haired travelers of the world: Your voluminous ‘do might merit a second round of security screening the next time you’re traveling through the airport. [More]

TSA Agents Accused Of Being Bribed With Gift Cards To Help Drug Dealers

TSA Agents Accused Of Being Bribed With Gift Cards To Help Drug Dealers

The feds recently arrested 18 individuals accused of being involved in a mult-state drug trafficking ring. But along with the baker’s dozen of alleged drug dealers caught up in the scheme were five folks — three TSA officers and two cops — who are usually supposed to stop this sort of behavior. [More]

Passenger: United Cabin Crew Thinks Books About Old
Airplanes Signify A Security Threat

Passenger: United Cabin Crew Thinks Books About Old Airplanes Signify A Security Threat

Last week, folk singer and aviation enthusiast Vance Gilbert thought he’d pass the time on his United Airlines flight from Boston to Washington, DC, by perusing some books about old aircraft. This was apparently enough to set off alarm bells among the flight crew, who had the plane return to the gate where Gilbert was met by the authorities. [More]

Pregnant Passenger Says TSA Confiscated Her Insulin

Pregnant Passenger Says TSA Confiscated Her Insulin

The ever-vigilant Transportation Security Administration has kept the air safe from harmless fluids by confiscating a pregnant traveler’s insulin and ice packs as she tried to board a flight from Denver to Phoenix last week. [More]

TSA Begins Installing Software That Makes Scanners Less R-Rated

TSA Begins Installing Software That Makes Scanners Less R-Rated

For travelers whose main concern about the TSA’s full-body scanners is the potential of having their naked form displayed or downloaded onto some screener’s thumb drive, this may be good news. The agency announced today that it has begun installing software that displays objects hidden beneath passengers’ clothes but not show detailed images of their nude bodies. [More]

Woman Gets Knife Past TSA Checkpoints Not Once, But Twice!

Woman Gets Knife Past TSA Checkpoints Not Once, But Twice!

What with reports indicating a plethora of security breaches at U.S. airports, why not check out some of those statistics in action? Two such breaches may have occurred recently, as an Indianapolis woman claims she made it through security twice with a knife in her carry-on. [More]

Reader: TSA Agent Cracks Timothy McVeigh Joke That Would Probably Have Gotten Me Detained

Reader: TSA Agent Cracks Timothy McVeigh Joke That Would Probably Have Gotten Me Detained

For all the wise-cracking most of us do about the TSA and airport security procedures, we also know that when it comes time to actually pass through the checkpoint on our way to the gate, it’s probably not the best time to be a jokester. But, says a Consumerist reader, there is at least one TSA screener who thinks it’s perfectly fine for him to lightheartedly reference Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. [More]

Appeals Court: Feds Rushed To Roll Out Controversial TSA Scanners

Appeals Court: Feds Rushed To Roll Out Controversial TSA Scanners

An appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., ruled today that the government jumped the gun by not seeking public feedback before rolling out airport scanners that see through travelers’ clothes. Unfortunately for those opposed to these devices, the scanners are not going anywhere. [More]

TSA To Test Trusted Traveler Program With Certain Delta & American Airlines Frequent Fliers

TSA To Test Trusted Traveler Program With Certain Delta & American Airlines Frequent Fliers

In May, TSA chief John Pistole said the agency was considering a program that would allow pre-vetted “trusted travelers” to get through airport security faster. Today, the TSA announced actual details of the program it will begin testing on a small group of fliers. [More]

Woman Arrested For Being Verbally Abusive To TSA Agents While Refusing To Let Daughter Be Screened Or Patted Down

Woman Arrested For Being Verbally Abusive To TSA Agents While Refusing To Let Daughter Be Screened Or Patted Down

A woman was arrested over the weekend at Nashville International Airport after her refusal to let her daughter be scanned or pat-down turned nasty. [More]

TSA Screener Accused Of Stealing $50K In Electronics From Travelers

TSA Screener Accused Of Stealing $50K In Electronics From Travelers

As if worrying about having your private parts groped — or being scrutinized and mocked — by TSA screeners wasn’t enough, yet another airport security staffer has been arrested and accused of using his position to pilfer thousands of dollars worth of travelers’ treasures. [More]