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Travelers Rate Airports for Efficiency of Checkpoints, Arrive at Different Conclusions

Steve Neavling

What are the most efficient and headache-inducing airport checkpoints in the nation?

The USA Today sought to find out by asking frequent flyers to voluntarily rate checkpoints for efficiency.

The results were subjective and varied by traveler.

Some targeted Orlando, Los Angeles and Raleigh, NC, as the least efficient airport checkpoint. One traveller offered good experiences at Las Vegas.

The TSA responded: “TSA’s top priority is to protect the traveling public, and every policy and security procedure in place is designed to mitigate threats to passengers and the aviation sector — which we know our adversaries continue to target,” the agency said in a written statement. “TSA is always taking steps to enhance our procedures, to most importantly stay ahead of evolving threats and, wherever possible, to also improve the experience of the traveling public. ”


FBI Insists It Destroys Fingerprints During Expedited Airport Screening Process

Steve Neavling

There’s good news for travelers: They can expedite the slow screening process at airports.

The bad news: They’ll have to give up a set of their fingerprints to ensure they are the person they say they are, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But the FBI said there are no privacy concerns because law requires the bureau to delete the prints or return them to the TSA.

The ACLU expressed relief.

“If they say that, I believe them that they’re not using this as an enrollment” into the fingerprint database, Jay Stanley, an ACLU senior policy analyst, said. “And I think that’s good.”

HBO “Girls” Star Lena Dunham Detained by TSA Over ‘Cute Little Cat’ Keychain

Steve Neavling

“Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham was detained by the TSA recently for possessing what she considered a “cute little cat” at Los Angeles International Airport, Today reports.

Dunham was carrying a “self-defense key chain.”

Lena Dunham

“It’s shaped like a cat — it goes over your knuckles,” she told Seth Meyers on “Late Night” on Thursday, “but I guess the two ears could gut somebody.”

TSA agents conducted a criminal background check and refused to let Dunham make calls while they investigated.

“I understood sort of intellectually it could be used as a weapon,” she added, “but really all I thought was like, What a cute little cat!”

Wausau Daily Herald Editorial: Finally, TSA Realizes We’re Not All Terrorists

Wausau Daily Herald
Editorial Board

For years, the Transportation Security Administration has “managed” the risk of in-flight terror attacks by throwing every one of us — from geriatrics to infants in strollers — into the same category.

Call it “one size fits no one.”

Finally, that policy is changing. The TSA is dramatically expanding a service that allows participating passengers to pass through the dreaded screening process at airports with minimal intrusions.

The key to these customer-friendly, fee-based services? A welcome bureaucratic acknowledgment that life in a modern, mobile society demands trade-offs.

There are risks, and there are “risks.”

TSA administrator John Pistole told The Arizona Republic’s editorial board that his agency plans to open an enrollment center soon at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for travelers to sign up for the program, known as PreCheck. Finding innovative ways to move passengers more quickly while still maintaining an acceptable level of security has been an agency goal since 2011, he said.

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TSA Supervisor Accused of Third Theft from Passengers at North Carolina Airport

Steve Neavling

A recently fired TSA supervisor at Charlotte Douglas Airport is accused for the third time of stealing from travelers.

WSOC TV reports that Angel Caban is under fire against after he was terminated last month following allegations that he stole gift cards and iPads from the North Carolina’s airport lost and found.

Caban turned himself into police last week following the latest allegations.

He was charged with misdemeanor larceny.


TSA Disputes Embarrassing, Unethical Conduct Described by Former TSA Agent in Chicago

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Steve Neavling

The TSA has strongly criticized a screener’s account of unethical practices, including poking fun at body-scan images, at the agency, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Former TSA Agent Jason Edward Harrington wrote in Politico that TSA agents at Chicago O’Hare International Airport had low morale, targeted certain people for pat-downs and made fun of images created by full-body scanners.

But the TSA quickly disputed those accounts, saying some of the practices were inaccurate or outdated.

“TSA does not tolerate any form of unethical or unlawful behavior by its employees and takes swift disciplinary action if discovered,” TSA Assistant Administrator LuAnn Canipe said.

TSA officials said there are no plans to investigate the claims by Harrington.

Former Stanford University Student Successfully Sues to Be Removed from No-Fly List

Steve Neavling

A former Stanford University student became the first person to successfully challenge placement on a government’s no-fly list, reports.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Thursday that an FBI agent “erroneously nominated” Rahinah Ibrahim to the list in 2004. The agent, Michael Kelly, “checked the wrong boxes, filling out the form exactly the opposite way from the instructions on the form.”

The Malaysian woman discovered she was on the no-fly list in December 2005 when she was detained and handcuffed while trying to travel to Hawaii to present a paper on affordable housing.

She sued, and despite the mistakes, federal authorities challenged her in court.

TSA Official Not Charged with Sex Crime After Woman Claims Excessive Groping

Steve Neavling

A TSA official won’t be charged with a crime after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her during a search at the Denver International Airport, reports.

Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, complained in December that she was subjected to a “pretty invasive search” after being stopped at an airport checkpoint. She said the TSA officer cupped her crotch and groped her breasts.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” Steenhoek said to CBS Denver. “Those TSA agents were purposely abusive to me. And there isn’t any recourse. I still feel as if a crime was committed, and as an individual American I am powerless to do anything about it.”

The district attorney said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove sexual assault.

“We would be unable to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the local District Attorney’s Office.