Tag Archives: TSA

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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DHS Preps To Siphon $232M From TSA For Border Ops

NBC News reports: The Department of Homeland Security is requesting $232 million from the Transportation Security Administration to fund border operations in the event that Congress does not agree to fund $1.1 billion of its funding request, according to documents of a contingency plan obtained by NBC News. Other components of DHS, which includes the Federal Emergency Management Administration, have …

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TSA Agent’s Suicide Temporarily Closes Orlando Airport After Panicked Travelers Rush Past Security Screening

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A Transportation Security Administration agent was killed Saturday morning after jumping from a hotel balcony into the atrium of Orlando International Airport, authorities said. The incident caused the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly ground all flights, causing delays and massive lines at security checkpoints, which were closed because of the suicide. Sgt. Eduardo Bernal, a spokesman …

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Donations Pour In For Unpaid TSA Security Workers

The Associated Press reports: The shutdown has brought an outpouring of generosity to TSA agents and other federal employees who are working without pay. Food, financial help, haircuts and toiletries are among the donated goods and services. On Wednesday, donations of diapers, juice, garbage bags, canned soup and boxes of Ramen noodles were being unloaded onto luggage carts at the …

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Atlanta Airport: Plan For Three Hours To Clear Security

The Associated Press reports: Passengers at the nation’s busiest airport are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown and it’s coming in the forms of long security lines. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is warning passengers to give themselves at least three hours to clear security. Issues with screenings have prompted several airports – including Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Miami …

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Delta Passenger Flies To Japan With Gun In Carry-On

CNN reports: A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. “TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a …

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TSA Official: Some Airport Screeners Have Already Quit

The Daily Beast reports: Airport security screeners forced to work without pay during the government shutdown have been calling out sick. But now the mad-as-hell workers are actually quitting their jobs. “Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown,” Hydrick Thomas, head of the American Federation of Government Employees’ TSA …

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Airport Security Lines Grow As TSA “Sickout” Continues

Forbes reports: Security lines at airports across the country are starting to grow long as nationwide action from TSA workers starts to take its toll. On Friday, CNN reported that the agency, which is responsible for operating security checkpoints at airports across the country, was suffering from staffing shortages as a function of the government shutdown. Starting on Sunday, the …

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Hundreds Of Unpaid TSA Workers Are Calling In “Sick”

CNN reports: Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials. The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the …

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Dulles Launches Facial Recognition Boarding [VIDEO]

Next Gov reports: Some international travelers can leave their boarding passes and passports in their pockets when flying out of Dulles International Airport thanks to a new facial recognition boarding technology that went into operation Thursday. The new veriScan system developed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority—with guidance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection—scans the faces of travelers approaching the …

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Christie Booted From Airport Security VIP Line

CBS News reports: Being governor is so yesterday. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the hard way that his special treatment is over. Christie tried to circumvent a TSA checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal C Thursday morning. Christie was with his State Police detail and attempted to enter through a special access area, located near the exit …

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TSA Posts Airport Notices: Travelers From Nine States Cannot Use Their Driver’s Licenses As ID In 2018

TIME Magazine reports: Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel. On Thursday, …

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US Customs Now Asking For Social Media Accounts

Mashable reports: The United States government has started asking a select number of foreign travelers about their social media accounts. The news came on Thursday via Politico and was confirmed to Mashable by a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after the new procedure reportedly began earlier in the week. The process dovetails with what has been expected for …

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TSA To Stop Accepting Drivers Licenses From Some States Beginning In January 2018

The Hill reports: Airline passengers in five states and a U.S. territory will be unable to present their current driver’s licenses at airport checkpoints after Jan. 22, 2018, under new rules announced on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. The Homeland Security department, which overseas the TSA, said it would begin enforcing a post-Sept. 11 law that directs federal …

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TSA Detains Transwoman Over Body “Anomaly”

The Orlando Sentinel reports: A transgender woman live-tweeted what she described as a “denigrating” experience that caused her to miss a Monday evening flight out of Orlando International Airport because she was detained by federal security officials. Shadi Petosky, a writer and producer at a small Los Angeles entertainment company, tweeted that she was pulled out of line at the …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Morrissey Files Sexual Assault Complaint Against Airport Security

“On leaving the US on 27 July I flew from San Francisco International Airport to London on flight BA 284. At 2:30 in the afternoon I went through the usual airport security procedure including the stand-up ‘scanner’, and all was well – no bleeps and nothing unusual. Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays I …

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Graham: God Is Better Than The TSA

“The TSA has come under fire after failing to detect explosives and weapons in tests at multiple airports across the country. ‘Red teams’ with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office were able to get banned items through the screening process more than 96% of the time. That means they were only about 4% successful in security screening – Incredible! In …

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