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TSA Astonished That People Continue to Bring Guns to Airport in Carry-On Bags

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has become almost too common: Travelers are caught with guns in the carry-on bags.

Even after Sept. 11, when much more innocuous objects were banned from flights, people bring guns to airports, often because they forgot they had the weapon on the them.

WCIV reports that a South Carolina man was arrested after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials found the Glock .40 caliber pistol at the security checkpoint.

Just this year, the TSA has discovered five firearms at the airport.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman in a prepared statement. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

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New TSA Security Directive to Ban Cell Phones That Don’t Power Up at Some Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security screeners at overseas airports may begin seizing cell phones that don’t turn on as part of the continued effort to crack down on threats of terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reports.

That means cell phones without battery power won’t be allowed on the plane and could subject the traveler to increased scrutiny.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hasn’t said why some airports are taking the extra precaution.

“This is not something to overreact to or overspeculate about. But it’s something we felt was necessary,” Mr. Johnson said Sunday on NBC, citing continuing safety threats to the U.S.

Citing people familiar with the directive, the Wall Street Journal reported that the tightened security could taken place at more than a dozen airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

32 Guns Found at U.S. Airports in a Week

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After Sept. 11, 2001, it’s still amazing to find how common it is for people to bring guns to airports.

On occasion, ticklethewire.com likes to check in to see just how many folks still bring guns.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, 30 loaded guns and two unloaded ones were discovered at airport checkpoints during the week of May 11 to May 17.

A TSA blog also noted that there were seven incidents in a week in which drugs were found on passengers using imaging technology.

“We’re not looking for drugs, but finding these nonmetallic items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works,” the TSA blog said. “In addition to these discoveries, there was also a passenger at Anchorage who attempted to sneak in a tube of toothpaste by placing it in her groin area. This was an attempt to get it through after we had already caught it in her bag earlier. If you’re not familiar with why toothpaste is prohibited, you can read about our liquid policies here.”

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What Part of “Don’t Bring Guns to the Airport” Don’t People Understand?

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What part of “don’t bring guns to the airport” don’t people understand?

It still fails to amaze.

As part of an occasional story on the issue, we report that 31 people from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 were caught at airport checkpoints in the U.S. with guns, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number is considered on the higher end of the spectrum. The numbers generally range from the teens to the 30s for a week.

Authorities have said in the past that some people — including cops and hunters — say they forgot they had the weapon in their bag.

 

Report on Airport Security Breach is Cause for Heartburn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The stats for our nation’s airport should be cause for major heartburn.

USA Today reports that more than 25,000 security breaches — an average of about seven per day — have occurred at U.S. airports since November 2001.

Citing newly released Department of Homeland Security documents, USA Today reported that more than 14,000 people entered “limited-access” areas by going through airport doors or passageways without permission.

Other breaches included unauthorized people going from airport buildings to planes.

The documents are to be presented at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, the paper reported.

“It’s clear the airports are not secure,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations said, according to USA Today. “For all the money, time and persistence we have thrown at airport security, it’s a real mess.”

19 Firearms Found Last Week at U.S. Airport Checkpoints

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As part of an occasional snapshot of what’s going on at our nation’s airports, ticklethewire.com periodically publishes stats on activity at checkpoints.

For the week of Feb. 14-20, the Transportation Security Administration reported that 19 firearms were found at checkpoints along with two “artfully concealed prohibited items.”

Additionally, six passengers were arrested following an investigation for suspicious behavior or for possession of fraudulent travel documents, the TSA reported.

TSA Wasting $$$$ on Some Security

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has thrown around gobbs of cash for airport security since Sept. 11, but lawmakers, auditors and national security experts are questioning the wisdom behind some purchases, according to the Washington Post.

Reporter Dana Hedgpeth reports that TSA spent about $30 million alone just on devices that puffed air on travelers to detect explosives, only to warehouse the machines later on.

“We always want the best, the latest and greatest technology against terrorists, but that’s not necessarily the smartest way to spend your money and your efforts,” Kip Hawley, who served as the head of the TSA from 2005 until last year told the Post. “We see a technology that looks promising, and the temptation is to run to deploy it before we fully understand how it integrates with the multiple layers we already have in place like using a watch list, training officers at every checkpoint to look for suspicious behavior and using some pat-downs.”

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Color-Coded Terror Alerts Might Get Scrapped

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The color-coded terror alerts  that began eight years ago after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks could be headed for the trash bin.

The Associated Press reports that the Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the the five-color coded system, with green representing the lowest threat and red the highest. At airports, the color has been orange, the second from the top.

AP reported that critics thought the colors were too vague and Democrats had complained during the Bush years that it was being used as a political scare tactic.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told ABC’s “Good Morning America” said the administration wants to give the public a better idea of threats and that the colors may be too vague.

“I think it’s something that is under review to make it meaningful and relevant to the American people,” he said. “I’m just not sure how relevant it is.”