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LAX Shooter Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Expected to Plead Guilty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to plead guilty Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia plans to plead guilty to 11 felony counts stemming from the November 2013 attacks in Terminal 3 at LAX, CBSLA.com reports. 

The pleas are part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep Ciancia from facing the death penalty. Instead, he is expected to be sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint. Three other TSA officers were injured.

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TSA: Batman Fans, Don’t Carry Your Superhero Weapons onto Planes

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.28.00 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sorry, Batman fans. You can’t carry your superhero weapons onto planes.

The TSA has reported an influx of people trying to bring aboard “batarangs,” which are sharp, bat-shaped weapons, NPR reports. 

The “batarangs” are being confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA said the weapons should be “placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.”

The TSA said it occasionally has problems with people thinking they can bring superhero weapons on to a flight.

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TSA Finds 74 Firearms, 3 Grenades, Cleaver, Knife at Airports in One Week

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how often the TSA reminds airline passengers not to bring weapons on carry-on bags, security continues to find guns, grenades and other weapons.

In the week spanning from July 22-29, for example, TSA officers found 74 firearms, three inert grenades, a cleaver and several pocketknives, Fox News reports. 

Of the 74 guns found, 65 were loaded.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds,” TSA Social Media Team member Bob Burns wrote on the blog. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”

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New Report: Nearly Half of TSA Employees Accused of Misconduct

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly half of all TSA employees have been accused of some form of misconduct between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report from the House Homeland Security Committee.

Among the complaints are sexual misconduct, bribery and failure to follow TSA procedures.

The number of complaints between 2013 and 2015 rose nearly 29%.

In an attempt to curtail misconduct, the Government Accountability Office recommended that the agency implement a better review process for allegations.

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Lawmakers Admonish TSA for ‘Bloated Bureaucracy,’ Failing to Discipline Wrongdoers

airport scanner 2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA received a scolding from lawmakers during a House subcommittee Thursday.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.,, said the TSA is a “bloated bureaucracy” that tolerates “corrupt, insolent” airport security.

“Every American should be outraged by these allegations,” Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said at a Capitol Hill hearing on the TSA. “Egregious misconduct occurs on all levels of the TSA and is growing.”

Perry said misconduct by TSA employees grew by 29% between 2013 and 2015.

The hearing follows a report by the House Homeland Security Committee that concluded “employee misconduct of all types corrupts TSA’s core mission to protect the traveling public and poses serious security vulnerabilities.”

“Half of TSA’s [almost 60,000] workforce allegedly committed misconduct from 2013-2015,” Perry said, citing data from the report. “Almost half of that number did so repeatedly.”

TSA Testing New Way to Speed Up Airport Lines, Improve Security

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is researching ways to speed up airport lines and improve security.

CBS News reports the TSA is testing computer-tomography – or CT – scanners at a checkpoint in the Phoenix airpot.

The technology would be used to inspect carry-on bags. TSA uses CT scanners for checked baggage.

The scanners generate 3-D images, which are analyzed by computers.

With the technology, screeners would not need to examine X-ray images of every bag.

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Lawsuit Claims Airpot Security Arrested, Assaulted Young Woman with Disabilities

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 3.58.01 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old woman who had an impairment from radiation and the removal of a bran tumor was assaulted by security workers at a Memphis International checkpoint, according to a lawsuit.

WREG-TV reports that Hannah Cohen was flying home to Chattanooga on June 30, 2015, after receiving treatment that limited her ability to talk, walk, see and hear.

The security alarm confused Cohen because of her condition.

“The security personnel failed to recognize that she was confused because of her obvious disability and was unable to cooperate with the search,” Cohen’s lawyers, Kelly Pearson and William Hardwick, wrote in the lawsuit.

Police ignored the mother’s explanations, she said.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” Shirley Cohen said.

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Minnesota Man Sues TSA for Long Lines That Caused Him to Miss Flight

body images airportBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man was so angry that he missed his flight that he’s suing the TSA and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Hooman Nikizad said he arrived at the airport two hours before his scheduled departure but was stuck in line most of the time, making him miss the flight, CNN reports. 

In the suit, the passenger said only one body scanner was running.

“The [Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport] and TSA have done a very poor job of getting passengers through security,” Nikizad wrote in the claim.

Nikizad wants reimbursed for the flight and is asking for $506.85.

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