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People Just Keep Bringing Guns to Airports

Airport crowdBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — You have to wonder what part of “no guns at airports” do people not understand?

The Transportation Security Administration continues to seize guns at our nation’s airports every week.

The latest: From Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, TSA reported that 34 firearms were found at airport checkpoints.

On top of that, seven passengers were arrested for suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents and there were 18 incidents involving a check point closure, terminal evacuation or sterile area breach, the TSA said.

Airport Screeners a Step Closer to Collective Bargaining

It never made sense that airport screeners didn’t have the right to collective bargaining. This should right that wrong.

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By Joe Davidson
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Charity Wilson didn’t go looking for a fight when she went to the Cannon House Office Building yesterday, but she was ready in case one broke out.

Wilson, an American Federation of Government Employees lobbyist, was prepared to provide Homeland Security Committee members with rebuttal arguments against any attempt to weaken or kill legislation that would allow airport screeners the right to bargain collectively.

But Republican opponents apparently knew a fight would be futile. The 13 to 6 vote along party lines that advanced the bill came after almost no debate. What could have been a long, contentious meeting was over in less than 20 minutes.

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25 Guns Found at Airport Checkpoints During Holiday Week

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The holiday week from June 29 to July 5 brought more than fireworks and hotdogs.

The Transportation Security Administration reported finding 25 firearms at airport checkpoints around the nation during that period.

Also during that time, six passengers were arrested for suspicious behavior or for fraudulent travel documents, the TSA said.

Transportation Security Admin. Agent Arrested at Newark Airport

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well,  it’s always a little awkward when someone from the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees our airports, gets arrested.

But that’s what happened Friday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Associated Press reports that airport authorities arrested TSA  agent  Wanda Weems of Newark after she boarded a Continental Airlines flight bound for Houston without going through the pre-flight screening.

The wire service reported that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman John Kelly indicated the woman was wanted on traffic-related warrants. (A typical airport check would not have discovered that.)

As a result of Weems’s antics, the Associated Press reports that the flight was delayed for more than an hour. Passengers were taken off the plane and screened again.

Authorities did not disclose why Weems avoided the security.

Transportation Security Adm. Workers to Patrol Chicago Commuter Trains

chicago-commuter-trainYes, the same folks who tell you to take off your shoes, put your laptop in a separate bin, make sure you don’t have any coins in your pocket, are coming aboard the Chicago Metra trains.

Mark Brown
The Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Remember how a Secret Service agent boarded a Metra train this past winter while wearing his gun, which freaked out a ticket agent, who alerted police, who called in a SWAT team, which freaked out the rest of the passengers as the heavily armed officers swooped down on the unsuspecting Secret Service guy?

Well, consider this a public service announcement in the interest of making sure our suburban rail commuters don’t get another scare like that.

Metra is alerting its riders that they will soon see federal Transportation Security Administration personnel patrolling their commuter trains.

The so-called VIPR teams — that’s short for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response and pronounced “viper” for those of you keen on law enforcement acronyms — will consist of federal air marshals, transportation security officers, TSA-certified canine teams, surface transportation security inspectors and local law enforcement.

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SCARY! Airline Employee Helps Passenger Smuggle Gun on U.S. Airways Flight

us-airwaysPeople continue to get caught trying to pass through airport security with guns. In the last week in May alone, 23 guns were seized at U.S. airport checkpoints. But this case is a reminder that some guns may be getting on planes. Scary.

By Tony Hanson
KYW Radio
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a gun and ammunition were found inside a carry-on bag on a flight from Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning.

The flight was stopped as it was about to take off just after 7:00am and US Airways employee Roshid Milledge and a passenger, Damien Young, have now been charged in connection with the incident.

Authorities say the airline employee allegedly handed the bag with the gun to the passenger as he boarded the plane. The flight was bound for Arizona.

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Transportation Security Administration Hopes to Ditch Airport Rule Against Carrying on Liquids & Gels

JetIf ever there was an annoying rule, it’s the one at the airport about carrying on liquids and gels. The sooner this one goes away the better. I can’t count how many times I’ve forgotten and had to throw out bottles of water at the security checkpoint.

By Budget Travel website
The TSA’s goal is to lift the restrictions on carrying liquids, aerosols, and gels aboard aircraft. Toward that end, the TSA has been rolling out new luggage screening machines that can tell the difference between a harmless drink and a deadly explosive. Already, about 500 of these AT X-ray machines have been installed. That number should be doubled by year-end.

By fall 2009, the TSA hopes to get rid of its rule that you must carry all of your liquids in a single clear bag. For a brief period, you’ll probably still have to place all of your liquids in a plastic bin separate from your laptop and carry-on bag when passing through airport screening machines.

By next winter, the TSA hopes to lift its size restrictions on liquids, which now limit the carry-on size to 3.4 liquid ounces. The timetable depends on how quickly software updates can be installed on all of the machines and how quickly TSA agents can be trained to use the machines correctly. Officials with the British counterpart to the TSA, the transport ministry, have made a similar pledge.

Another change is to move the baggage screening machines from airport terminals, where they clutter the floor, and put them off-site. So-called “in-line” machines at the Las Vegas and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airports can test bags for explosives without requiring the physical handling of each bag. Las Vegas airport, for once, has embraced the change because it can use the freed-up terminal space to add more slot machines for waiting passengers to use. (For a video explanation of the new baggage inspection system, see below.)

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TSA Official Ruined Surprise Airport Test By Sending Out Email Warning

There’s probably a good chance the person who sent the email out always bought the  CliffsNotes in college and seldom hesitated to peak over at someone else’s test. Give that unidentified person an A  for cheating. Good job.

  

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By Gautham Nagesh
nextgov
A Transportation Security Administration official compromised the covert testing of airport security screeners by sending out an e-mail about the testing and did not report the compromise, according to a report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.

An unidentified official in TSA’s Office of Security Operations sent out an e-mail on April 28, 2006, that contained the subject line “Notice of Possible Security Test,” according to the report, which is dated March 20 and released on Friday.

The message warned TSA employees that the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Department were conducting a secret test in April 2006 of airport security checkpoints at Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.

The e-mail also contained information about how the test was to be carried out and the physical appearance of officials doing the testing, and it warned TSA employees to pay attention to passengers’ identification.

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