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Transgender Woman Misses Flight After Embarrassing Pat-Down, Scan

Shadi Petosky

Shadi Petosky, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A transgender woman missed her flight after the TSA forced her to undergo questioning and a 40-minute search after an “anomaly” during her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.

TSA agents flagged her after spotted the “anomaly,” the New York Daily News reports.

“That’s my penis,” she told a male TSA agent at Orlando International Airport.

What followed was a 40-minute pat-down and inspection that forced her to miss her flight to Minneapolis.

The incident drew outrage from transgender activists.

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TSA Screener Accused of Swiping Passenger’s $7,500 Watch, Smashing It in Panic

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

Margo Lauree-Grant, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA screener is accused of swiping a passenger’s watch and then smashing in a panic, the New York Post reports. 

Margo Lauree-Grant, 41, was arrested last week on allegations of stealing the $7,500 Diamond Master watch from a Canadian man on Aug. 26.

The traveler realized he forgot the watch during the screening process.

When TSA officials began reviewing video, Lauree-Grant “smashed the watch into pieces. She destroyed it,” a law enforcement official said.

She was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct.

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TSA Screener Accused of Sexually Assaulting Passenger After Flight

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA screen is accused of imprisoning and sexually abusing a college student in a bathroom following a flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York, CNN reports. 

The screener, Maxi Oquendo is accused of illegally imprisoning and screening the 21-year-old woman in an area where passengers aren’t supposed to be screened, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

“Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage,” the screener allegedly told the passenger, according to the statement.

The TSA employee is then accused of forcing the woman into a bathroom before he allegedly “had her lift up her shirt and unzip her pants and touched her breasts and other areas of her body over and under her clothing.”

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Encounter a Rude or Abusive TSA Agent? Launch a Complaint on Yelp

TSABy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers can now report TSA agents who are abusive or rude.

CNN reports that Yelp, known for restaurant and business reviews, has reached an agreement with the federal government to allow the TSA to respond to reviews.

While travelers have always had the ability to leave comments about TSA agents, there was never a single page or official place to launch those complaints. Now there is.

The idea is to hold government employees more accountable.

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TSA Is Moving Its Headquarters to Complex in Alexandria to Save Money

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is moving its headquarters from Arlington to a complex in Alexandria in an effort to save money, the Washington Post reports. 

The TSA plans to move by spring 2018 into the Victory Center office complex after GSA brokered a deal that would save the agency $95 million over 15 years.

The 15-year lease calls for $36 per square foot, a good deal in that area, The Post wrote.

The move also will add about $25 million in property-related taxes during the 15-year period.

“This is yet another great GSA-negotiated deal for government and the American people,” said Darren Blue, GSA’s Public Buildings Service commissioner for the Washington area.

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TSA Alarmed by Discovery of Real Gun the Size of a Keychain

Tiny gun seized by TSA

Tiny gun seized by TSA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA has dealt with a record number of gun seizures at airports, but the latest discovery is one of the most unique and disturbing.

Patch reports that security found a real gun the size a key chain and seized the weapon.

“It is a very tiny gun, but it is very real,” Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, tweeted.

The number of guns reported by TSA screeners increased 22% last year as security seized more than 2,200 firearms.

No more details of the tiny gun were available Tuesday morning.

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TSA Shocked After Discovering Children with Grenade, Hatchet at Florida Airports

Recovered objects/TSA

Recovered objects/TSA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It would have been a shocking discovery no matter who was found trying to carry the potential weapons onto airplanes at two Florida airports.

But the TSA was especially surprised when they found a 12-year-old with a grenade inside a carry-on at Jacksonville International Airport earlier this week, Bay News 9 reports. 

Then on Wednesday, security found a 16-year-old with a hatchet at Orlando International Airport.

“Hatchets, knives, grenades and guns are not permitted in your carry-on bags,” said TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.

Authorities later determined that the grenade was “inert and not dangerous,” Bay News 9 wrote.

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TSA Screeners Aren’t Charged on Allegations of Groping ‘Attractive’ Male Passengers

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Denver airport security screeners who were fired after being accused of fondling attractive male passengers will not be charged, NBC News reports. 

The TSA screeners, a man and a woman, were fired in April following a six-month investigation by the TSA, which alerted Denver police to the allegations in March.

But Monday, the Denver district attorney’s office said investigators were unable to prove that one of the screeners was working at the time of the alleged incidents.

The male screener was accused of signaling to the female screener when an attractive man was approaching. The female passenger was then accused of patting down the passenger’s groin by signaling to the machine that the passenger was a woman.

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” the TSA said in a statement in April. “TSA has removed two officers from the agency.”

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