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TSA: Number of Guns Discovered at Airports Increases for Third Straight Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of guns seized at airport security checkpoints has increased for the third straight year, Skift reports.

Security already discovered more guns this year than it found all of last year.

The number of guns reached more than 1,813, which is how many guns were discovered in 2013. In 2012, TSA found 1,550 guns.

“We don’t want to find a firearm,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein told Skift. “It slows down the line for everyone.”

States that have lax laws about carrying guns into public places typically have airports with the most seizures. They are airports such as Houston, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta.

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TSA Agent on Leave After Patting Down Ebola Patient at Cleveland Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent who patted down an Ebola patient at a Cleveland airport is on paid leave as a precaution, 19 Action News reports.

The agency said the agent performed a routine-pat-down of Amber Vinson at Hopkins Airport.

Vinson is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

“Out of an abundance of caution, a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer who conducted a routine pat-down of a traveler later reported to be infected with Ebola consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the TSA said. “The employee is not reporting any symptoms. The employee was instructed by CDC to self-monitor over the next few days, as a precautionary measure. TSA also has assigned its chief medical officer to our employee to provide additional support.

No Cleveland TSA officer came in direct contact with the infected traveler, as all pat-downs are completed while employees are wearing disposable medical gloves.”

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TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

TSA Cleans Up Checkpoints After Nurse with Ebola Travels Through Cleveland Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A passenger with the Ebola virus traveled through the security checkpoints at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, prompting TSA to disinfect the areas, the Plain Dealer reports.

The patient, Amber Joy Vinson, walked through the central security checkpoint while en route to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Individual lanes to the checkpoints will be closed for cleanup, the TSA announced.

“It’s nothing official,” TSA spokesman Mark Howell said, noting that the precaution wasn’t undertaken at the direction of the Centers for Disease Control. “It’s just something that our folks wanted to do, in an overabundance of caution.”

The TSA discovered which checkpoints Vinson went through using closed circuit television system.

Officials also are cleaning the jet in which the patient was a passenger.

Vinson is the second Texas nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola.

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TSA Bag Handlers Shocked When They Find Kit for IEDs at Honolulu Airport

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not everyday that the TSA finds a training kit for military-improvised explosive devices packed into luggage.

But that’s exactly what TSA bag handlers discovered in a checked bag at the Honolulu airport. The items included detonators, blasting caps, detonating cord and C-4, the Henry Daily Herald reports.

The TSA evacuated the handling room, causing a delay in the screening process.

The identity of the traveler has not been revealed, nor has the motive for possessing the equipment.

“Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited,” agency officials wrote on their blog.

 

Family of Slain TSA Officer at Los Angeles International Airport Sues for $25M

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of a TSA officer who was shot 12 times and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last year is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawsuit alleges security lapses and delays in medical care.

A gunman shot Gerardo Ismael Hernandez at point-bank range on Nov. 1.

Los Angeles employees “failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot,” said Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer’s family. “Even more horrific is that the city’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez.”

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and names as defendants city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles police and fire departments, Los Angles Airport Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airports.

The lawsuit claims that airport police officers abandoned their positions in a terminal without the required approval from supervisors. The suit further alleges that the agencies did not properly hire or train employees to handle emergencies and to provide prompt medical care.

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Lawsuit: TSA Responsible for Spilled Urn That Contained Remains of Man’s Mother

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Cleveland man was on his way to Puerto Rico to spread his mother’s cremated remains in the Caribbean Sea.

But when Shannon Thomas opened his bag, he discovered that his mom’s ashes had spilled all over the suitcase with a TSA inspection notice, the Cleveland Scene reports.

In a lawsuit against the TSA, Thomas said his bag was packed with a “very heavy and steady” urn that was tightly screwed.

He argues the TSA “”negligently, carelessly, and recklessly replaced the lid of the urn, placed a bag inspection notice in Plaintiff’s suitcase and sent the bag on its way. This action caused the urn to open and spilled the remains of Plaintiff’s mother on the inside of Plaintiff’s suitcase and on Plaintiff’s personal effects.”

Thomas said he can’t understand why the agency hasn’t even issued an apology.

“No person speaking on behalf of the United States or TSA has ever issued an apology, explanation, or notification to [Thomas] aside from the bag search notice.”

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TSA Officer Charged After Being Accused of Secretly Videotaping Female Coworker in Restroom

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A TSA officer is under fire after being accused of secretly videotaping a female coworker in an employee restroom at the Nashville International Airport, WJRN reports.

Daniel Boykin, 33, of Murfreesboro also is accused of entering the victim’s Nashville home several times to take information from her computers and electronic devices.

The investigation started after the victim said she saw images of herself on Boykin’s phone.

Investigators said Boykin appeared to be infatuated with the victim.

He is charged with aggravated burglary, wiretapping, unlawful photography, unlawful telephone recording and two computer crimes.

Boykin was arrested Monday and was lodged in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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