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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

12 hours 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.

15 hours agoOdd : Happy Place

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

Government Pays Up To Settle With Traveler Who Was Detained By TSA For Trying To Learn Arabic

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In 2009, Nick George was arrested in the Philadelphia airport because the TSA seems to equate certain First Amendment activity with terrorism. George, who was flying out to California to start his senior year at Pomona College, was carrying...Show More Summary

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

20 hours 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 […]

The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You For PreCheck

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The TSA is disappointed that so few Americans have opted out of its bottle-tossing, package-groping screenings by signing up for its PreCheck program. For a few years now, the TSA has been selling travelers' civil liberties back to them, most recently for $85 a head, but it's now making a serious push to increase participation. Show More Summary

The TSA’s 2014 List Of Confiscated Items Includes A Real Cannon And 3 Lbs Of Cocaine Stuffed Raw Meat

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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

A knife in an enchilada: The oddest thing the TSA seized in 2014

2014 was a big year for people forgetting about guns in their luggage. In fact, according to information on contraband that the TSA just released in its year in review, the number of firearms confiscated by the TSA hit a record highShow 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

American student arrested for Arabic flash cards in airport after TSA freaked out settles lawsuit

3 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

“Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler,” writes that traveler, Nick George. Read the rest

Ask Nicely and Alaska Airlines Will Pay It First Class

3 days agoLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard,...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...

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]

TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Firearms At Airport Checkpoints In 2014

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Grenades and blades were also found. In most cases, people forgot they had them. Our favorite discovery: a knife in an enchilada. The TSA said "the passenger's intent was delicious, not malicious."

Ex-Air Marshal MacLean Protected as Whistleblower, SCOTUS Finds

In 2003, an air marshal named Robert MacLean went to the press with a story that the TSA was ineffectual at protecting us from potential airplane hijackings. He was eventually fired, leading to a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the TSA. The TSA had always maintained that MacLean shouldn't get whistleblower......

High Court Sides With Fired Air Marshal in Whistleblower Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a fired U.S. air marshal was entitled to whistleblower protections for telling the press in 2003 about a TSA decision to use fewer air marshals on long-distance flights despite warnings of possible hijacking threats.

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