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Judge Wanted to block TSA Lease for New Headquarters over ‘Ill-Gotten Gain’

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court judge tried to block the General Services Administration from giving TSA a new headquarters at Victory Center in Alexandria, BizJournal reports. 

Judge Charles Lettow released an order that said GSA leased more space for a TSA headquarters than was authorized by Congress, calling the deal an “ill-gotten gain.”

The redacted order comes after Lettow struck down the GSA’s lease on Nov. 11 following protests by other bidders competing on the contract.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said her agency is still examining the judge’s decision.

“Obviously, it’s litigation, so I don’t want to step into that, but we’ll take a look at what the ruling was and have an understanding of what that means for us and make decisions about how we move forward,” she said in a recent roundtable with reporters.

Sex Offender Slips Past Airport Security in Salt Lake City Using Stolen Boarding Pass

Michael Salata.

Michael Salata.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A registered sex offender was able to pass through airport security at Salt Lake City using a stolen boarding pass, the New York Post reports. 

Michael Salata didn’t make it on the flight, however, after checking into a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 5.

Airport police said Salata stole a boarding pass that had accidentally been left on a kiosk.

But once the woman who lost the pass checked in using a replacement ticket, security moved in on Salata.

The TSA acknowledged it made an identification mistake but properly screened Salata.

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Fox News Columnist: TSA Should Stop Discriminating Against Gun Owners

airport-people-walkingBy Diane Black
Fox News

If you have followed the news headlines lately, you know that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – the bureaucracy responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s travelers – has seen better days. An internal investigation released in June found that the TSA had a stunning 96 percent failure rate in detecting weapons and fake explosives.  More recently, a report from “The Today Show” revealed that NBC producers were able to pass airport security with Swiss army knives and box cutters in tow. Comforting, huh?

While knives and weapons may make it past airport security all too often, your handgun carry permit – a government-issued form of identification – will not. I speak from personal experience. On a recent flight from Nashville to Washington, I approached the TSA counter only to realize my drivers’ license was tucked away in a pocket of my jeans at home. Unfazed, I pulled out my handgun carry permit to identify myself to the agent. The card bears my picture, my full legal name, my date of birth, and a hologram with the state seal.

Further, as any firearm owner knows, the process of obtaining your handgun license is significantly more involved than obtaining a drivers’ license. It requires completion of a safety course, a fingerprint, and a thorough background check. If that’s good enough to carry a weapon, then surely it is sufficient as a form of identification to board a plane, right?

Wrong. As I handed over my permit, I was met with a look of immediate disapproval. The TSA agent informed me that handgun licenses are banned as a form of identification. After a moment of panic, I showed the agent my Congressional voting card and boarded my flight, but I vowed to do my research on the subject upon returning to Washington.

As it turns out, the TSA agent was correct. Their website explicitly states that “A weapon permit is not an acceptable form of identification” so I decided to determine what is allowed under TSA standards. According to federal law, the criteria for a “verifying identity document” is “an unexpired document issued by a U.S Federal, State, or tribal government” that includes your full name, date of birth, and photograph … In other words, everything that is on my handgun carry permit.  Compounding my frustration were the reports earlier this year that TSA was accepting Costco membership cards as a form of identification. Double standard much?

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TSA Looking for Adoptive Families for Their Furry Partners

dog-foodBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is looking for homes for its furry companions.

The dogs are either retired from the TSA or didn’t pass explosives detection training.

They include German short-haired pointers, Belgian malinois and Labrador retrievers.

The canines are available for adoption at no cost, but adoptive families must travel to San Antonio to retrieve the dogs.

Interested in a furry companion? Email the TSA coordinator at AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov.

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TSA Inspector Helps Save Drive from Car Before It Bust into Flames in Michigan

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA inspector was driving by an accident scene when she spotted a car leaking gasoline.

Amy Jishi made the discovery while leaving work at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Fox2 reports. 

As the car began to burn, Jishi realized the driver was stuck in the car and couldn’t open the car. Before the car bust into flames, Jishi finally was able to help the driver escape the car.

“It never expected to see something like that,” Jishi said. “But when I saw the accident the only thought that went through my mind was to help them.”

The TSA expressed pride.

“We are all proud of Amy’s quick decision making and selfless actions,” said TSA Federal Security Director Steve Lorincz. “She represents the type of dedication and service that TSA strives to deliver.”

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Former TSA Agent Accused of Helping Smuggle Marijuana Past Airport Screeners

airport-screeningBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former TSA agent is accused of allowing marijuana on flights to northern California, Fox 8 reports. 

Prosecutors allege that Deondre Smith, 33, helped co-conspirators smuggled bags of drugs past TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport.

Smith has been charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and bribery of a public official.

Smith is accused of accepting payments of at least $500.

Smith faces up to 15 years in prison.

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TSA Head: Screeners Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Speeding Up Lines

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, airport lines have become longer and more unpredictable.

Recently, pressure has been placed on airport screeners to speed up the process when lines get too long.

But TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said it should not be the job of screeners to speed up the pace. They’re focus, he said, should be on security, the Associated Press reports. 

TSA officials, not screeners, should worry about the length of the lines, he said.

“I want front-line screeners doing what they’re supposed to do, which is screening and making sure that things that shouldn’t get past the checkpoint don’t get past,” he said. “I let leaders and managers worry about things like queuing and line speed.”

Former TSA Agent, 2 Children Accused of Beating Man Nearly to Death

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Charlotte TSA agent and her two children are accused of brutally beating her ex-boyfriend nearly to death with a bat and propane tank, WBTV reports.

Claudine Manning and her two children have been charged with attempted first-degree murder of Kevin Jackson, who was on life support for several days after the Sept. 28 beating.

“They viciously and violently went to my son’s home, with his new girlfriend, and attacked my son,” mother Nicole Jackson told WBTV.

Claudine was a TSA agent for nine years, according to an attorney.

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