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New TSA Security Directive to Ban Cell Phones That Don’t Power Up at Some Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security screeners at overseas airports may begin seizing cell phones that don’t turn on as part of the continued effort to crack down on threats of terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reports.

That means cell phones without battery power won’t be allowed on the plane and could subject the traveler to increased scrutiny.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hasn’t said why some airports are taking the extra precaution.

“This is not something to overreact to or overspeculate about. But it’s something we felt was necessary,” Mr. Johnson said Sunday on NBC, citing continuing safety threats to the U.S.

Citing people familiar with the directive, the Wall Street Journal reported that the tightened security could taken place at more than a dozen airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson Orders More Security at Overseas Airports

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is increasing security at some overseas airports because of fears that some terrorist groups in the Middle East are devising bombs to slip past security, the USA Today reports.

Noting that security risks are constantly evolving, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said TSA will begin “enhanced security measures in the coming days”

“We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible,” Johnson said.

Airlines for America, the trade group that represents most major U.S. carries, expressed approval, saying the organization “supports efforts to employ a targeted, risk-based security strategy, in conjunction with the multi-layered approach already in place and, our members work cooperatively with DHS on requirements it deems appropriate.”

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TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

“Austin Powers” Star Verne Troyer Complains About TSA Treatment at LAX

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer posted a photo of TSA agents conducting what many fans considered to be an invasive search, the New York Daily News reports.

Troyer, who has a dwarfism disability and rides a scooter, posted the photo on Facebook entitled, “TSA Struggles.”

It shows a TSA agent conducting a patdown while Troyer is in his scooter at the Los Angeles International Airport’.

The TSA said nothing unusual happened during the search.

“The screening process for a passenger who uses a wheelchair or scooter is determined by their ability to stand and walk,” Ross Feinstein, press secretary for TSA said in a statement to the Daily News Monday.

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TSA Officers Killed in Line off Duty to Receive Same Death Benefits As Other Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not often that a TSA officer dies in the line of duty.

In fact, TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, became the first to die on Nov. 1 at Los Angeles International Airport.

But Westside Today reports that the House Appropriations Committee this week approved a legislative amendment that would provide the same death benefits to Hernandez’s family that are given to family members of other federal law enforcement officers killed on the line of duty.

The benefits will be available to future TSA officers killed in the line of duty.

“These benefits will be a great help to his wife and the couple’s young children,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles. “Not only was today’s vote an important moment for the Hernandez family, I also believe it sends a powerful message to our nation’s homeland security personnel that we value their service and honor their sacrifices.”

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TSA Perplexed That So Many Educated Travelers Try to Bring Guns onto Airplanes

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA can’t understand why seemingly educated people are trying to bring guns onto airplanes.

The Washington Post reports that the federal agency has been alarmed at the increase in the number of guns detected at checkpoints nationwide.

In 2013, the TSA detected 1,800 firearms, compared to 1,500 in 2012 and 1,300 in 2011. The TSA is on pace for 1,800 guns this year.
Befuddled that otherwise responsible adults would bring a gun into an airport, the TSA held a press conference.

“This many years after the September 11th attacks, you’d think people would know the rules. It’d be natural,” said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman. “They’re telling us they forget. You need to know where your firearm is.”

TSA Publishes Unusual – And Dangerous – Discoveries at Airport Checkpoints

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is making unusual discoveries at checkpoints.

There was the Taser disguised a tube of lipstick. A phone that stores knives. And a knife designed to look like a key.

ABC 7 Denver reports that the objects are being posted through the TSA’s blog and most recently Instagram.

“I guess I’m not too surprised by anything someone tries to pass through the checkpoint. Unless it’s something like a chain saw,” said Jeff Price, an aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

TSA Workers Are Successful in Protecting Traveling Public Because of Dedicated Workforce

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By Robert Cohen
Federal Security Director

As a Marine Corps colonel who commanded in all environments, I learned upon arriving at the Department of Homeland Security that the domestic front lines of the war on terrorism extend to the men and women of the Transportation Security Administration at your local airport.

Having served for the past nine years in leadership positions with TSA and DHS, I will be departing TSA in September as the federal security director for Southwest Florida International and Punta Gorda airports.

The success of TSA in Southwest Florida is directly linked to a dedicated workforce and partnerships with the airport directors, their staffs, airlines, law enforcement community and DHS agencies.

Every day, without fail, the men and women of TSA demonstrate an exceptional capability to protect the traveling public and regulate airports and airlines to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Their commitment to mission and daily actions exemplify the character and integrity of our federal employees. They have a tough job and know there is no margin for error.

They take the routine out of routine when screening thousands of bags and passengers. They accept the risk that a passenger might be carrying an improvised explosive device, gun or knife. They train constantly to stay ahead of a “thinking enemy” who wants to hurt us. They put themselves in harm’s way, as we saw at Los Angeles International Airport when two Transportation Security officers were shot in the line of duty; one of them died.

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