TSA Posts

Some Thoughts on Airport Security Procedures

For many travelers, the security process before flights is among the most frustrating part of the experience.  For domestic flights, TSA PreCheck has been a huge help, which I have thanks to my NEXUS membership.  NEXUS of course gives Global Entry access when returning to the United ...

Man Steals TSA Bin, Now Uses it as Sock Drawer

America is a nation of security theater -- we go through a role play each time we take a commercial flight to make the fearful among us feel safer, but the reality remains the TSA has failed to stop any terrorist attack and does more harm than good. Just ask the thousands who have suffered ...
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Having some fun with CBP: the Global Entry Selfie

I'm not one to take a lot of selfies.  That's not to say never, but it seems I have more cranky old man traits than that of a millennial.  There may exist some photos of me in First Class pajamas or in a airplane lavatory, but good luck finding those...One exception to my no selfie 'rule' ...
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LAX TSA Chorus Sings Christmas Carols

A volunteer cadre of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at Los Angeles International Airport has assembled into a singing group, called the LAX TSA Chorus. And they're not bad either...not too bad...
I took the videos below five years ago and never posted them because I ...
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This is Why the TSA Federal Air Marshal Service Needs to End

The Federal Air Marshal Service is a sensational program that steals revenue from airlines, first class upgrades from frequent flyers, makes our ticket prices higher, and actually endangers our security. Under the guise of safety, a small number of flights carry a poorly-trained, incognito ...
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Lesson Two: Family Friendly TSA Tips

Trips to the airport can be stressful enough for a solo traveler, add a baby to the mix and one might have a nervous breakdown. Don’t be the ill-prepared parents that fellow flyers dodge in line at TSA. Instead, use these simple tricks to help you breeze through security and show up ...
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How safe is flying?

Last week I was on a Delta flight from Ft Lauderdale to JFK.  It was an early morning flight, so I was ready to nap.   After a few issues at the gate, we were buttoned up and on our way to the runway, so far, mostly uneventful.
Just as we approach the runway, the passenger in 1C ...
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More Stringent Airport Security for USA-Bound Flights

There's a man that U.S. intelligence agencies are watching named Ibrahim Al-Asiri who has been called a master bombmaker for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). He allegedly is skilled in constructing bombs out of ordinary material that can escape the detection of most airport ...
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DFW Precheck Enrollment Center Moving - Where You Can Actually Get to It

Back in April, frequent travelers living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area got some good news when a TSA Precheck enrollment center opened at DFW Airport's Terminal D.  There was only one problem - the enrollment center was located BEHIND security, which meant if you had an appointment for a ...

What the Teen Jet Stowaway Tells Us About Airport Security

Boy wants to fly to Hawaii. Boy sees Hawaiian Airlines jet parked at San Jose Airport. Boy jumps fence and hides in the wheel well. Boy miraculously survives, making once again a mockery of our so-called airport security.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—we are going ...
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TSA Prohibits Mute Stroke Victim from Flying Because She Can't Speak Name

The TSA always finds a way to top itself when it comes to controversy, negative publicity, and most importantly, a degradation of human dignity. This time, it was by telling an elderly, disabled woman who lost her speech after a stroke that she could not fly because she could not say here ...
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NEXUS kiosks to be updated, plus additional member benefits

I haven't flown to Canada in several months, and I haven't noticed any technical issues with NEXUS kiosks, but I am not surprised that this excellent program is popular.  I have a trip across the border next week, but hopefully there won't be any delays.  I never had to wait more than a ...
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The TSA Presents: The 12 Banned Items of Christmas (Humor)

I love intelligent humor that not only draws a laugh, but makes a deeper point--perhaps a reflection on an pertinent political issue or on society at large that invites contemplation and discussion. A new video out poking fun at the TSA accomplishes exactly that purpose.
As the Christmas season ...
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Higher Airline Fees in Congressional Budget Compromise

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), Chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, have unveiled a compromise plan to fund the U.S. federal government for the next two years, eliminating the spectre of another government ...
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TSA-Approved "Detention Pods" at Syracuse Airport

As part of its $60mn renovation, Syracuse International Airport has installed new exit portals that it says will replace the need for security guards or TSA agents to be stationed at exits to the secure part of the airport. The new system has been branded by some as a "detention pod" because of the ...
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An Armed TSA is a Threat to All

In the wake of a lone wolf gunman storming a Terminal 3 security checkpoint at LAX last Friday and murdering a TSA screener, some are now calling for a cadre of TSA screeners to be armed at every airport. I sense this issue is dead on arrival, at least for now, but let us explore why this would be a ...
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TSA Precheck Expands to San Diego Despite Government Shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, I am happy to report that TSA is continuing to expand TSA Precheck across the country and has not paused the roll out of precheck in new airports during the partial shutdown. Last week, when I flew from San Diego on October 3rd (day 1 of the shutdown), the TSA ...
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Modified Version of TSA PreCheck Begins!

While going through security at the AA checkpoint in Kansas City this morning, I noticed that the document checker was scanning all boarding passes presented to her (even paper BPs). This seemed a bit strange, considering have only scanned mobile boarding passes for the past four years that I have ...
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