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TSA intercepted a record number of firearms, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

Sometimes we can’t help but wonder what travelers are thinking when they pass through airport security. The Transportation Security Administration last year intercepted a record number of firearms and a host of bizarre and potentially dangerous items during passenger screenings. Show More Summary

Senators challenge White House on why there’s no nominee for TSA chief

A bi-partisan group of Senators is questioning why the White House has not nominated a new Transportation Security Administration head more than three months after the agency’s previous leader announced he was stepping down, saying that TSA should be a greater priority at a time of heightened concern about terrorist threats to the homeland. In […]

TSA's Report on Confiscated Items in 2014

5 days agoOdd : Neatorama

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has detailed the dangerous items it seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints in 2014. The number of passengers screened in 2014 — 653 million — has increased by nearly 15 million since the previous year. Show More Summary

Here are all the guns, bombs and drugs that the TSA confiscated from airplane passengers in 2014.

5 days agoOdd : Happy Place

Texans love their guns so much they want to fly other places just to show them off. (all images via blog.tsa.gov) There are two groups of people who justify the existence of the Transportation Security Administration: terrorists and idiots. Show More Summary

The TSA Offers a Detailed Breakdown of the Dangerous Items It Seized at Airport Security in 2014

5 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created an extremely thorough post detailing the many dangerous items it seized at airport security checkpoints across the United States in 2014. With more than 653 million passengers (up nearly 15 million from 2013) screened during the year, 2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags–a 22-percent increase from the […]

Captured Guns At Airport Checkpoints Up 22% … Are Travelers Getting Dumber?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began its organized reporting of firearms in 2006, a year in which the agency’s front line Transportation Security Officers (TSO) seized 660 guns at checkpoints. Here we are in 2015, with...Show More Summary

Inspector general rips TSA over redaction of JFK airport audit

The Transportation Security Administration abused its authority to classify information as too sensitive for release when it blocked sections of a recent audit report from being published, according to the agency’s independent watchdog. Show More Summary

Record Number Of Passengers Packing ‘Heat’ Reports TSA

The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that its agents had found more than 2,200 guns in carry-on bags last year. That is an increase of nearly 400 guns over the previous year and more than three times the number of guns found in 2005 according to the Washington Post. Show More Summary

Record TSA airport seizures: Loaded guns, grenades, knife in an enchilada

People who are leaving on a jet plane pack clothes, toiletries and often something to pass the time. Passengers also pack heat, according to a Transportation Security Administration report released on Friday that explains that 2014 hit the bull’s eye with a record number of guns seized by...

At U.S. airports, record number of firearms found in 2014

A record number of firearms was found at U.S. airport security checkpoints in 2014, and more than four out of five guns were loaded, the Transportation Security Administration said on Friday. The number of firearms leapt 22 percent to an all-time high of 2,212 last year, more than triple the number in 2005, the TSA said in its 2014 summary. Show More Summary

TSA: 2,212 Firearms Found In Carry-Ons Last Year, And Most Were Loaded

Although the average traveler should know by now that flying with guns in your carry-on bag is not going to fly with the Transportation Security Administration, the number of people trying to bring firearms through airport security is going up every year, the agency says in a report today. In 2014, a record 2,212 firearms were seized at the nation’s … [More]

Supreme Court Rules for Federal Whistleblower in Homeland Security Case

last weekNews : Reason

In 2003 a federal air marshall named Robert J. MacLean alerted a reporter at MSNBC about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) cost-cutting decision to remove all air marshals from overnight flights originating in Las Vegas. Show More Summary

TSA Stepping Up Random Searches Amid New Concerns Over Terrorism

You might notice an uptick in the amount of random searches going on at airport gates around the country soon, as the Transportation Security Administration says it’s increasing security measures over recent terrorism incidents. After...Show More Summary

The TSA, Leaderless Again

The 31st of December 2014 was the last day the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had a leader, as Administrator John Pistole stepped down from his role to become the President of Anderson University, where he had attended college. Show More Summary

Confessions of a former TSA officer

MY PAINED RELATIONSHIP with government security started in 2007. I needed a job to help pay my way through college in Chicago, and the Transportation Security Administration's callback, for a job as a security officer at O'Hare International Airport, was the first one I received. Show More Summary

TSA employees could use some work on their gift wrapping skills

The Transportation Security Administration is clear about its regulations on wrapped presents: They're not allowed. But that doesn't mean everyone follows the rules. See also: The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked If you had...Show More Summary

Before You Fly Remember the TSA's 12 Banned Items of Christmas

last monthNews : Reason

Before you step on a plane to visit family and friends this holiday. Remember the Transportation Security Administration's 12 banned items of Christmas. Your safety is their priority.  "The TSA's 12 Banned Items of Christmas" Approximately 3:51. Written and performed by Justin Monticello. Shot and edited by Paul Detrick. View this article.

Delta Employee Arrested After Allegedly Helping To Smuggle Guns On Flight

Perhaps the Transportation Security Administration’s recent reminder that guns aren’t permitted in carry-on bags should have explicitly stated that this rule also applies to airline workers. But we doubt that would have stopped a Delta...Show More Summary

Florida TSA agent arrested in estranged wife’s death

A Transportation Security Administration agent was arrested in connection to the death of his estranged wife, police said.

Reminder: TSA Has Magic Machines That Will Find Gun Parts Hidden In A PlayStation 2

This just in: X-ray machines used by the Transportation Security Administration have the power to see through plastic — yes, even the plastic used in gaming consoles! — and will be able to detect the presence of things that should not be in your carry-on bag. One traveler recently foiled by the TSA apparently thought all the camouflage needed to … [More]

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