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July 6, 2014
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
The TSA plans to confirm that overseas travelers have functional cell phones before they get on a flight to enter the U.S. Be sure to charge up beforehand.
15:20 // 2 weeks ago
November 4, 2013
Richard Dawkins gets his honey confiscated by airport security, complains on the internet that the terrorists have won, and is then mocked by the internet. It’s a great way to get on his nerves, apparently.

Richard Dawkins gets his honey confiscated by airport security, complains on the internet that the terrorists have won, and is then mocked by the internet. It’s a great way to get on his nerves, apparently.

7:37 // 8 months ago
October 6, 2013
Signs the government shutdown is seriously hurting the TSA: A 9-year-old boy somehow managed to board a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket (or an adult), something that was only figured out when the flight was already halfway to Vegas. If anyone is looking to create a sequel for the above movie, this kid just created the plot.

Signs the government shutdown is seriously hurting the TSA: A 9-year-old boy somehow managed to board a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket (or an adult), something that was only figured out when the flight was already halfway to Vegas. If anyone is looking to create a sequel for the above movie, this kid just created the plot.

18:16 // 9 months ago
January 28, 2013
wired:

A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
[via Threat Level]
…hooray for America?

More impressive than the victory? The man’s chest-writing skills.

wired:

A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.

[via Threat Level]


…hooray for America?

More impressive than the victory? The man’s chest-writing skills.

(Source: Wired, via laughterkey)

9:26 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013
Great news, everyone: The TSA is chucking the last of the naked-body scanners. Why’s that? Well, a company that was supposed to meet a deadline to get rid of the naked-body images on the machines and replace them with not-so-naked images … didn’t. So the TSA is dropping their contract and switching to companies that don’t use such … um, revealing images. The full-body scans are sticking around. They’ll just be less naked.

Great news, everyone: The TSA is chucking the last of the naked-body scanners. Why’s that? Well, a company that was supposed to meet a deadline to get rid of the naked-body images on the machines and replace them with not-so-naked images … didn’t. So the TSA is dropping their contract and switching to companies that don’t use such … um, revealing images. The full-body scans are sticking around. They’ll just be less naked.

23:46 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012
Big airports remove X-ray scanners, but not due to privacy concerns
Citing concerns of time and delays, the the Transportation Security Administration has begun removing the controversial X-ray body scanners from some large airports, and replacing them with more modern millimeter-wave scanners, which don’t have many of the radiation or privacy issues the older machines have — in part because they show a person’s profile in a cartoon style, rather than the pseudo-nudity of the older machines. The older machines are getting moved to smaller airports, where the time delays caused are less of an issue. ”They’re not all being replaced,” said  TSA spokesman David Castelveter. “It’s being done strategically. We are replacing some of the older equipment and taking them to smaller airports. That will be done over a period of time.” (photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Big airports remove X-ray scanners, but not due to privacy concerns

Citing concerns of time and delays, the the Transportation Security Administration has begun removing the controversial X-ray body scanners from some large airports, and replacing them with more modern millimeter-wave scanners, which don’t have many of the radiation or privacy issues the older machines have — in part because they show a person’s profile in a cartoon style, rather than the pseudo-nudity of the older machines. The older machines are getting moved to smaller airports, where the time delays caused are less of an issue. ”They’re not all being replaced,” said  TSA spokesman David Castelveter. “It’s being done strategically. We are replacing some of the older equipment and taking them to smaller airports. That will be done over a period of time.” (photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

11:17 // 1 year ago
August 13, 2012
8:39 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2012

San Antonio bomb threat: Police give all clear on suspected vehicles

Although operations have not resumed, officials from the San Antonio Police Department have confirmed that the three vehicles being investigated at San Antonio International Airport are not dangerous. Passengers from arriving flights have been allowed to enter the airport, and evacuated passengers have been allowed to re-enter the lobbies of both terminals; however, still no word on when the estimate 2,000 people affected by the evacuation will be able to resume their travel plans. source

Update: Bomb technicians have finished their investigation of the parking garages, and police are now allowing traffic to flow back into the airport. We’re still awaiting the resumption of normal airport operations.

Update 2: Airport officials have announced that normal operations have resumed, and asked for patience with the many flights that have been delayed or canceled. Local police, TSA officials, and the FBI are now searching for the caller behind today’s bomb threat.

(more on the story here)

UPDATE:  The bomb threat has been lifted,  Breaking News reports.

 
17:43 // 1 year ago
July 26, 2012
I didn’t have anything on me and and no-one asked me for anything. I did what I asked and just carried on walking.
11-year-old Liam Corcoran-Fort • Discussing the security process he went through when he boarded a flight from Manchester to Rome — despite the fact he didn’t have any sort of identification or a boarding pass and was really just trying to use the bathroom. ”I just wanted to go to the toilet. I wasn’t trying to go anywhere I wasn’t allowed,” Corcoran-Fort, who has learning difficulties, said. ”But it was easier than my homework, even easier than computer games.” For what it’s worth, he did go through a metal detector and body scanner, the airport says.
8:21 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
It’s not technically a breach of security. The boy posed no threat to the aircraft. He went through a security process.
Manchester airport spokesperson Russell Craig • Discussing an 11-year-old boy’s trip from England to Italy, where the boy took a Jet2.com plane from Manchester to Rome despite not having a boarding pass or passport. His trip may not have technically been a breach of security, but a ton of people got suspended from their jobs over it. Oops.
11:00 // 1 year ago