I'm beginning to think the DHS, NSA, FBI and TSA are largely extraneous entities. We appear to have a shortage of terrorists to defend against. We can't seem to find enough terrorists worldwide to justify needlessly intrusive surveillance programs. Show More Summary
Six of 37 guns discovered by TSA agents at airports across the country last week. One of the lightest weeks in child shootings in recent memory. Congratulations, America! I found just three children accidentally shot this week, ages 3, 4, and 8. Show More Summary
Los Angeles, CA—What to you call a sinking boatload of TSAbureaucrats and screeners? It’s an excellent beginning! Do I absolutely abhor the TSA? That’s an understatement at best. When I see them in their quasi police costumes I always view them as nasty Nazis. Show More Summary
Carry-on bags at checkpoints have been pulled from conveyor belts in U.S. airports nearly 1,750 times this year because they contained a gun, often loaded, according to the Transportation Security Agency. John Pistole, the TSA administrator, said that amounted to an average of about five...
Alleged LAX shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia faces the death penalty now that a federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged him with first-degree murder and 10 other felonies in the death of a TSA agent during a shooting spree at the airport last month.
There are times when we try to defend TSA for mindlessly enforcing its rules rather than following 'common sense.' Yes it's absurd to pat down grandma after she triggers a scanner, for instance, but once an alarm goes off TSA agents are obligated to go through a very specific procedure. Show More Summary
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed.
Getty Two weeks ago, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would began allowing travelers to apply for its PreCheck program, "an expedited screening process" through airport security. Curiously though, the only...Show More Summary
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org The bipartisan budget deal struck in Congress last week contains no broad-based tax increases, but it aims to generate billions in new revenue by essentially nickel-and-diming American taxpayers. SATISFACTION NOT GUARANTEES: The TSA has seen an increase in employee misconduct over the last three years, including some serious security breaches,...
A TSA agent confiscated a tiny toy gun belonging to an air traveler's sock monkey. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., who makes custom sock monkey dolls, brought the doll and its props in her carry-on bag, but a security agent seized the 2-inch toy pistol as a security threat. Show More Summary
The TSA, having earned every bit of its ~$8 billion/year, is now looking for just a little bit more. As Kevin Underhill at the ultra-enjoyable Lowering the Bar blog notes, the "security fee" that's been tacked onto tickets is about to increase -- more than doubling in most cases. Show More Summary
This week, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official disarmed a potentially dangerous sock monkey at the St. Louis, Mo., airport.
A month following the fatal shooting of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at Los Angeles International Airport, a majority of Americans, 59 percent, say that TSA agents in airports should carry guns. Thirty-five percent...Show More Summary
We already know that Ryan-Murray budget bill raises taxes and spending to fund Obamacare and the TSA. Tonight we learn that this deal contains a provision which allows the Senate to pass tax increases with just 51 votes. But there is another problem with the bill that has been overlooked. Show More Summary
Eight of 34 guns discovered by TSA agents at airports around the country last week. Just your basic, routine, 40+ GunFAIL events week. Though once again, the hunting season is responsible for about a quarter of those listed. I countShow More Summary
Despite years of bad press over arrests of TSA employees and studies showing questionable success in detecting weapons, TSA can claim a perfect record in disarming sock puppets. At least that is what Phyllis May of Redmond, Washington has reported after her cowboy sock monkey, “Rooster Monkburn,” had its tiny gun confiscated by a TSA […]
I have something of a conflicting relationship with the Transportation Security Administration. On one side, I absolutely hate the idea of giving up freedom and pride for the sake of one of the most futile attempts at security theater known to man. Show More Summary
When we last checked in with the TSA—or, at least, the last time I mentioned it—it had just been outwitted by a child. Again. See "TSA Embarrassed by Nine-Year-Old Boy" (Oct. 11, 2013). Possibly still smarting from that incident, th...