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TSA Agent Charged with Faking Cancer for 5 Years to Get Out of Work

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent has been charged with faking cancer for five years in an attempt to stay out of work, The Associated Press reports.

The former TSA agent, Marc Bess, was arrested after authorities said they discovered he was lying about having abdominal lymphoma.

In fact, he’s cancer-free, the AP reported.

Investigators said Bess forged doctor’s notes.

He’s being charged with embezzlement and stealing public money.

According to court records, Bess took 280 days in sick leave.

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TSA to Begin More Stringent Screening of Airport, Airline Workers After Incidents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA will begin more stringent screening of airport and airline workers following allegations that a Delta Air Lines baggage handler was smuggling guns, In Homeland Security reports. 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also said the security changes are a reaction to another alleged incident in which a Federal Aviation Administration employee flew to New York with a gun in his carry-on luggage.

“Immediately following the incident” with the Delta baggage handler, “TSA increased the random and unpredictable screening of aviation workers at various airport access points to mitigate potential security vulnerabilities,” Johnson said in his announcement.

In Homeland Security wrote:

Johnson said he had asked the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee to review the incidents and recommend remedies. Acting on five of the recommendations that can be implemented quickly, Johnson said that airport and airline employees who are traveling as passengers would no longer be permitted to bypass the scrutiny faced by other passengers. Anyone who boards an airplane other than on-duty pilots and crew will be screened, he said.

Airports will also be required to reduce the number of access points to secure areas and to subject airport workers to random screening throughout each workday, he said, adding that the TSA may send teams in unannounced to do random worker screens. Johnson also said the TSA is working with the FBI to continuously track the criminal histories of all aviation workers.

Travelers Left Behind $635,000 in Change at TSA Checkpoints in 2013

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever search under your sofa cushions for change and find enough money for lunch?

The change adds up.

It did in a big way for the TSA last year, when travelers abandoned more than $635,000 in coins in the bins and bowls at airport checkpoints in 2013, The Business Insider reports.

That compares to $107,000 in 2012 and $150,00 in 2011.

Obsessed Former TSA Agent Gets 6 Months in Jail for Hidden Videos, Pictures

Daniel Boykin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Nashville TSA agent said he became so obsessed with a woman that he took hidden videos of her in an airport bathroom and broke into her house five times.

Daniel Boykin, 33, was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday, and Judge Randall Wyatt advised the former agent to continue to get counseling after he is released from six months of jail, The Tennessean reports.

Included in the sentence were more than 5 years of probation and GPS monitoring.

Prosecutors said Boykin had amassed 92 videos of the victim, including 29 that were captured from a bathroom stall at Nashville International Airport.

“This was one of the worst cases I have seen in terms of invading somebody’s privacy in their most intimate moments and the most secure place, her home,” former Metro Police Detective Andrew Vallee told The Tennessean on Thursday.

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Saudi Arabian Man to Be Deported After Pleading Guilty to Punching TSA Officer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Saudi Arabian man will be deported after pleading guilty this week to punching a TSA officer in the face at the Orlando International Airport in January.

Mohammed Abdullah Alomaim, 43, was sentenced to time served and a two-year supervised release, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

“As a result of his conviction, Alomaim will be deported from the United States,” a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

In January, a TSA officer approached Alomaim for acting erratically and leaving his bag unattended. Alomaim responded by punching the officer in the face.

“Alomaim was immediately taken into custody,” the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The FBI handled the investigation.

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TSA’s List of Suspicious Behaviors Is Revealed As ACLU Sues for Document

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What do airport screeners look for when they are trying to detect suspicious behavior?

The suggestions are part of the TSA’s controversial behavior-detection program, Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, which outlines suspicious actions.

Although the TSA considers the list of behaviors to be confidential, it was posted online.

The ACLU, which is concerned that the list encourages racial and ethnic profiling, is suing the TSA to force the release of details of the program, The Washington Post wrote.

Here are some of the suspicious behaviors: tightly gripping a bag, appearing disoriented and whistling.

“Airports are rich environments for the kind of stress, exhaustion, or confusion that the TSA apparently finds suspicious, and research has long made clear that trying to judge people’s intentions based on supposed indicators as subjective or commonplace as these just doesn’t work,” Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a statement.

Two Security Screeners Accused of Helping Drug Smuggler Get Meth on Plane

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing smugglers to carry methamphetamine through an airport checkpoint, SFGate reports.

According to the federal complaint, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27 of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the TSA when they allowed alleged drug smuggler, 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez to pass through security with drugs in the carry-on luggage.

The airport screeners were charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

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Transportation Security Officers Closer to Working Without Paychecks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Congress doesn’t fund Homeland Security by Friday, transportation security officers will be forced to go to work without pay.

NPR reports that officers won’t get paid until lawmakers find a way to fund the department amid a budget showdown with President Obama over his immigration plan. http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/02/23/388338500/for-tsa-officers-congress-inaction-on-funding-could-hit-home

DHS employees who are considered essential for “the safety of human life and protection of property” are required to work even during a shutdown. And that is most DHS employees.

“Look at the last shutdown. I think 85, 90 percent of all of the DHS workers were declared ‘essential,’ and came to work and they all got their paychecks,” said House Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona.

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