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TSA Busted Canadian Woman with 2 Guns, Hundreds of Ammo, 33 Pounds of Marijuana

TSA confiscates drugs, guns, ammo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Canadian woman is accused of packing her checked luggage full with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammo and 33 pounds of marijuana, NBC New York reports.

The TSA found the items stuffed into household items like baby wipes, lemonade mix and cat litter.

The 24-year-old woman from Scarborough, Ontario, was arrested and is expected to face drug and weapons charges.

Her flight was headed to Barbados.

It wasn’t immediately clear why she was carrying the guns, ammo and drugs.

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TSA Astonished That People Continue to Bring Guns to Airport in Carry-On Bags

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has become almost too common: Travelers are caught with guns in the carry-on bags.

Even after Sept. 11, when much more innocuous objects were banned from flights, people bring guns to airports, often because they forgot they had the weapon on the them.

WCIV reports that a South Carolina man was arrested after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials found the Glock .40 caliber pistol at the security checkpoint.

Just this year, the TSA has discovered five firearms at the airport.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman in a prepared statement. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

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FBI, CDC Investigating After TSA Agent Attacked with Syringe in Nigerian Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI and CDC launched an investigation after someone attacked a federal air marshal with a syringe inside the Lagos, Nigeria airport on Sunday, Fox News reports.

The air marshal, who was on the public side of the airport, was injected with an unknown substance.

He and his team were whisked back to the U.S. with the syringe.

“The [air marshal] reported that the subject stuck him with a syringe and it is believed he was injected with an unknown substance,” according to an alert from the TSA. “After consultation with the consulate and physicians, the [federal air marshal] was given precautionary medication.”

An FBI spokesman added: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted an on-scene screening of the victim when United Flight 143 landed in Houston early Monday morning. The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing. None of the testing conducted has indicated a danger to other passengers.”

FBI: TSA Airport Screener Was Getaway Driver in Bizarre ATM Robbery

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA airport screener is accused of helping a burqa-wearing man rob a bank, the Chicago Tribune reports. Investigators said ATM technician Gildardo Lopez Jr. was disguised as a woman as he went inside an ATM vestibule and emerged 15 minutes later with $168,174 in cash, the FBI alleges.

Outside in a getaway car was driver Douglas Pineda, a TSA screener.

Authorities said the 31-year-old men are roommates.

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TSA Employee Busted in Sex Sting That Started on Craigslist

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA employee is accused of trying to solicit sex with a mother and her young daughter on Craigslist, the San Francisco Gate reports.

George Hristovski, 54, of Sacramento, faces federal child pornography charges after a sheriff’s investigator spotted an ad seeking a mother and daughter for sex.

The investigator posed as a 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter. The two exchanged dozens of emails.

Hristovski, an inspector, also thought he was emailing the 13-year-old girl, whom he tried to solicit sexual information and photos, authorities said.

The TSA suspended Hristovski.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”

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TSA Administrator John Pistole Opens Up About Lessons Learned, Future of Agency

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA Administrator John Pistole knows his agency has made some mistakes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pistole said the TSA’s policies are constantly evolving to protect U.S. travelers.

Last year, the TSA announced that it would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes, but you rescinded that decision. Will you allow small knives on planes in the future?

Given the lobbying efforts against it and members of Congress weighing in against it, I decided to take it off the table as something that was not furthering our efforts to transform from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based [system].

European airports are testing devices to analyze liquids carried by passengers for explosives. When will travelers in the U.S. be able to fly without having to toss away bottles of water, soda or other liquids?

We have over 900 what we call bottle liquid scanners that we use for such things as mother’s milk and certain medicines that are larger than 100 milliliters. We could allow any liquids to fly, but it’s a time-consuming process so we don’t have an efficient way of doing that. One of the options that we looked at is to have a dedicated lane for people who wanted to bring liquids aboard, but that might be a long line.

The TSA announced a contest recently to find new ideas to speed the passenger-screening system. Why is that such a big challenge?

Each of the 450 airports where we provide screening is unique. Most airports were built and designed pre-9/11 and security is kind of an afterthought. So we’ve tried to cobble our way into some pretty tight spaces.

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TSA Offers $15,000 for Ways to Improve Frustrating Screening Lines at Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security comes at a cost.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, passengers have complained about long wait times and intrusive searches.

Now the TSA is offering $15,000 for the best ideas for improving those frustrating screening lines, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The challenge, said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein, “is about leveraging innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to find solutions to TSA’s most challenging issues.”

The person with the best idea will receive at least $5,000, while others with good ideas will get at least $2,500.

TSA Denies Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Board Planes without Proper ID

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A union representing Border Patrol agents charge that the TSA is allowing undocumented immigrants to board American planes without a passport or other official identification, Fox News reports.

TSA strongly denies claims that the TSA is allowing immigrants to board planes with a “Notice to Appear” in lieu of proper identification.

“This is the dream of every terrorist in the world,” Shawn Moran, vice president of the union, told Fox News. “There is no way of knowing who is on board the jetliners.”

Fox News says Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, confirmed immigrants were boarding planes without proper ID.

“TSA is letting them go around security,” the source told Judicial Watch. “No picture ID, just a slip of paper.”

The TSA says it’s not true.

“These reports are false,” the TSA said in a statement. “A Notice to Appear, issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is not an acceptable form of ID at the TSA checkpoint.”