All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Airport Security’

TSA Bans Uncharged Cellphones on Certain Flights

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday that it will not allow cellphones or other electronics on U.S.-bound planes originating at some international airports if the devices are not charged up. The ban is part of heightened security measures surrounding Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, seeking to blow …

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Plane Diverted When Passenger Tries To Open Door

A passenger traveling aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 722 from Chicago to Sacramento tried to open the rear door of the plane in mid-flight on Sunday roughly an hour after the 10:50 a.m. departure time. Multiple passengers as well as flight attendants worked to subdue 23-year-old Joshua Carl Lee Suggs. According to a federal order, Suggs claimed that he wanted to …

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Unicorn Passport Makes It Past Customs Officials

With most airport security as tough as it’s ever been and officials receiving backlash because of their stern policies, it’s hard to believe that a child could make it through customs at any terminal with a fake passport. But that’s exactly what one child did at Antalya airport in Turkey recently. According to Caters, 9-year old Emily Harris of South …

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TSA Cuts Out Backscatter Body Scans at Airports

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using backscatter X-ray machines, privacy advocates balked at the notion of TSA employees seeing a colorless image of passengers’ naked bodies. Not long after, naked airport protests embarrassed the TSA and worries of the the general ineffectiveness of the devices began to widely circulate. Now, the devices have been completely removed from U.S. …

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Double Amputee Humiliated by TSA Agents, Says Congressman

Congressman Duncan Hunter, representative for California’s 50th congressional district, this week wrote a terse letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole. The letter detailed an account of alleged mistreatment of a wounded marine by TSA officers and demanded an explanation for the event. Hunter’s letter alleges that a Marine, later identified as Cpl. Toran Gaal, was “humiliated” as …

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TSA Screeners To Be Booted Out of US Airport

In November 2010, the federal Transportation Security Administration put a freeze on airports opting to use privatized security services instead of the agency’s own employees, but a provision in a Senate bill passed last month has opened the door for airports to once again apply to replace TSA screeners with private security. The TSA is not a very popular agency, …

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