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Discontinued Full-Body Scanners at Airports End Up in Local Jails After Privacy Concerns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The full-body scanners that revealed nude images to the TSA at airports now have a new home.

Time reports that most of the 171 scanners have ended up in jails nationwide.

Privacy advocates blasted the scanners, saying they were too revealing.

The federal government let go of the scanners for much less than they were paid for – $130,000 to $170,00.

 

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TSA Supervisor Charged on Accusations of Paying Underage Girls for Sex in Dominican Republic

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA supervisor is accused of paying two 15-year-old girls to have sex with him in the Dominican Republic, The New York Daily News reports.

Vernon Lythcott, who was arrested at Kennedy Airport as he planned to board a flight to the Dominican Republic, was charged Friday for having sex with the two underage girls.

The 48-year-old Brooklyn man allegedly paid $80 to have sex with the girls.

“The victims also reported that during the course of that night they had used Vernon Lythcott’s cellular telephone to check their Facebook accounts and had also ‘friended’ Lythcott on Facebook,” Homeland Security special agent Karine Stewart stated in the criminal complaint.

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Stowaway Teen Reveals Serious Flaws in Airport Security After He Climbed onto Plane Unnoticed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More disturbing than a teen’s decision to hide in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii was how easily he was able to slip past layers of security Sunday morning.

The Washington Post reports that the 15-year-old boy, who was running away from home, showed how a determined person could bypass security and sneak onto a plane without notice.

It’s not that surveillance cameras didn’t capture the boy slip past security at San Jose International Airport; it’s that no one saw him on the video screen.

“There’s no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen,”  Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona

Airport officials said they are reviewing the breach to determine who to avoid a similar failure.

Airline Passenger Tries to Board Plane with 8.5-inch Knife Hidden in Enchilada

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your ordinary enchilada.

In addition to the ordinary ingredients of this Mexican staple, a homemade enchilada contained an 8.5-inch kitchen knife.

The New York Daily News reports that TSA agents discovered the alarming blade covered in a deep red sauce in a passenger’s carry-on luggage.

“The woman said she had made the enchilada over the weekend and she really didn’t know how the knife got into the bag,” TSA spokeswoman Nico Melendez said.

The passenger was questioned and then allowed to continue traveling.

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TSA Seizes Bejeweled Lipstick Stun Gun from Detroit Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA officers discovered a pink lipstick stun gun in a woman’s baggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airpot on Sunday after spotting something suspicious at the x-ray machine, WXYZ reports.

Turned out, the woman was carrying a 5-inch stun gun disguised as a bejeweled lip stick container.

The woman was cited but permitted to take her flight to Fort Lauderdale.

The stun gun was confiscated.

 

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Experts: TSA Wasted $1 Billion on Training Law Enforcement to Read Body Language

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA has spent $1 billion on training airport security screeners to read body language.

Trouble is, critics charges there’s no evidence that the training prevented a single act of terrorism, the New York Times reports.

Scientific experiments show that people are terrible at spotting liars, and law enforcement is no exception. “There’s an illusion of insight that comes from looking at a person’s body,” says Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. “Body language speaks to us, but only in whispers.”

The conclusion follows an analysis of more than 200 studies, the Times reported.

“The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction,” said Maria Hartwig, a psychologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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Report Cites Slow Response, Communications Breakdown During LAX Shooting Rampage

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paramedics and others took too long to respond to last year’s shooting rampage at the Los Angeles International Airport, according to an independent report.

The report indicates that paramedics took 33 minutes to get to Transportation Security Agency officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, who was killed in the shooting.

He died between two minutes and five minutes after he was shot, becoming the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty.

The report cites communications breakdowns and a lack of coordination.

The American Federation of Government Employees responded by saying the government needs to create a new unit of armed TSA officers to protect airport checkpoints.

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TSA Causes Stink by Seizing Expensive Bottle of Perfume Shaped Like ‘Grenade’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The TSA caused controversy by seizing a woman’s expensive bottle of perfume because it is shaped like a grenade, Fox News reports.

Country music promoter Lois Lewis was stopped by TSA agents and then investigated after after trying to bring her 2-ounce bottle of Jimmy Choo perfume in her carryon at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor.

The TSA defended the move, saying it removes any toy weapons or other items that resemble weapons.

“I’m not a casual traveler. I was trying to show them look I’m PreCheck. My risk has been assessed you know. I carry this with me always,” Lewis saidd. “They said if as a passenger you were to get on an airplane and you were to wave this around that people could maybe construe that as you making some sort of a threat.”

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