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GOP Sen. Mike Lee Calls For “Abolishing The TSA”

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze reports: Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah advocated the idea of abolishing the Transportation Security Administration, suggesting that airlines would do a better job of conducting security screenings. “Air-travel security need not depend on TSA. Airlines have many compelling reasons to keep weapons out of planes. They’d do so if a federal agency didn’t do it …

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TSA: 93% Of 6737 Guns Found In 2023 Were Loaded

CBS News reports: The Transportation Security Administration found a record-setting 6,737 guns at airport security checkpoints in 2023, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said approximately 93% of the weapons were loaded, which TSA Administrator David Pekoske said was “concerning.” More than 1,100 guns were found at just three airports, the TSA said. Officers at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the …

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LaGuardia TSA Stops Man With 17 Bullets In Diaper

Gothamist reports: Authorities said a security checkpoint X-ray machine at LaGuardia Airport wiped an Arkansas man of his luggage after his bag triggered an alarm, prompting officers to unwrap 17 9mm bullets that had been “artfully concealed” inside of an otherwise clean disposable baby diaper, the TSA said. The man first told officials he didn’t know how the deadly diaper …

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Proposed Bill Would Grant TSA Its Own No-Fly List

Axios reports: After nearly 2,500 reports of unruly passengers on flights last year, Congress is considering a new no-fly list. Senate and House members proposed legislation Wednesday that would allow the Transportation Security Administration to ban people convicted or fined for assaulting or interfering with airline crews. The Protection from Abusive Passengers Act would prohibit individuals on the list from …

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TSA Clarifies: We Consider Peanut Butter To Be Liquid

The New York Times reports: The Transportation Security Administration thought it had settled a dispute over peanut butter some time ago: unless it is 3.4 fluid ounces or less, it has to be checked. However, the question of what the T.S.A. considers a liquid continues to confuse passengers. It bubbled up again last week when a writer and podcaster tried …

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Felon Tried To Board Flight With AR-15 And Fake Badge

NBC News reports: A New Jersey felon attempted to board a flight late last year with an AR-15 rifle, a Taser and a fake U.S. Marshal badge, according to a federal complaint that was unsealed Monday. Seretse Clouden has been charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon and fraudulent possession of an identification document and …

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TSA Agents Intercepted Record 6542 Handguns In 2022

The Associated Press reports: The woman flying out of Philadelphia’s airport last year remembered to pack snacks, prescription medicine and a cellphone in her handbag. But what was more important was what she forgot to unpack: a loaded .380-caliber handgun in a black holster. The weapon was one of the 6,542 guns the Transportation Security Administration intercepted last year at …

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DOJ: Man Held Razor To Throat Of JetBlue Passenger

From the Justice Department: A 41-year-old Syracuse, Utah man has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint for carrying and using a straight edge razor blade during a flight Monday, November 21, 2022. The United States Attorney’s Office filed the complaint Tuesday, November 22, 2022, charging the defendant, Merrill Darrell Fackrell with Carrying a Weapon on an Aircraft …

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Dems Press TSA For Gun Charges Against Cawthorn

The Hill reports: Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) have asked the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take action against Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) for his incident involving a firearm at an airport checkpoint. Their letter comes just days after Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited for trying to bring a loaded gun through a TSA checkpoint. According …

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Sony Playstation Sparks Bomb Panic At Boston Airport

NBC News reports: Passengers at Boston Logan International Airport faced confusion, panic and delays on Easter Sunday after concerns over a suspicious package sparked an evacuation and a visit from the state police bomb squad. In a statement Sunday, Massachusetts State Police said their bomb squad had been called to Terminal A just after 4 p.m. after security staff spotted …

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TSA: Man Flew To Miami With Loaded Gun [VIDEO]

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A man carrying a fully loaded gun boarded a commercial flight in Barbados and flew to Miami with the firearm in the plane’s cabin, the NBC 6 Investigators exclusively learned — a hair-raising incident that triggered an immediate investigation by the TSA into the security lapse that aviation experts say could have caused a disaster. …

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New COVID Testing Rules For US Visitors Start Monday

Reuters reports: New rules requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel will take effect Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET (0501 GMT), according to an order issued late Thursday. Under current rules, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative test result obtained within three days of their …

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TSA To Extend Mask Rule For Travelers Through March

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden’s administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through mid-March to address ongoing COVID-19 risks, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters. A formal announcement extending the requirements through March 18 is expected on Thursday, the sources said. The White House and Transportation …

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Woman Charged With Assaulting Southwest Employee

ABC News reports: A woman has been arrested after punching a Southwest Airlines employee in the head during boarding for a flight out of a Dallas airport, police said. Arielle Jean Jackson, 32, was arrested Saturday afternoon at Love Field, Dallas police said. Police said Jackson has been charged with aggravated assault. Police said that Jackson first had a verbal …

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TSA Doubles Fines For Face Mask Violations [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is doubling fines for first-time offenders who fail to wear masks, effective Friday, and said repeat offenders could face fines as high as $3,000. The White House said President Joe Biden was directing the higher fines to “ensure that masking requirements remain in place on the other modes of transportation as we continue …

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TSA To Extend Transport Mask Mandate Thru Jan. 18th

Reuters reports: President Joe Biden’s administration plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks, three sources told Reuters. Major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with the TSA and CDC on Tuesday, the three people …

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TSA Orders Pipeline Operators To Report Cyberattacks

NPR reports: The Transportation Security Administration, in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused widespread gasoline disruptions earlier this month, has announced new reporting requirements for pipeline operators. In a security directive, the TSA, which oversees pipeline cybersecurity, said it will now require that pipeline operators report any cyberattacks on their systems to the federal …

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TSA: Weekend Air Travel Breaks Pandemic-Era Record

The Associated Press reports: Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother’s Day holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration said that slightly more than 1.7 million people were screened at airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since March 2020, when travel was collapsing because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, those crowds were …

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Mask Mandate For All Travel Extended Until Sept 13th

The Hill reports: The federal mask mandate for all transportation networks will be extended through September, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday. The mask requirement is for travel on airplanes, in airports, on buses and on rail systems. It went into effect in February with an expiration date of May 11, which has now been moved to Sept. 13. …

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TSA Authorized To Fine Mask Refusers At Airports

Via press release from the TSA: Whether beginning the security screening process at the airport Travel Document Checker (TDC) or submitting checked baggage for screening, all passengers who appear to be over the age of 2 must properly wear a face mask throughout the security screening process. The officer at the TDC will request that travelers temporarily lower the mask …

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