Yep, TSA agents really don't understand Bitcoin.
Submitted by Mark Gibbs on Wed, 03/05/14 - 9:10pm.
And keep those funky flasks and propane tanks out of your carry-ons
Submitted by Layer 8 on Wed, 01/29/14 - 9:25am.
Pretty much if you are flying into New Jersey for the Super Bowl just bring as little as possible on the airplane with you (or into the stadium for that matter).
At a Senate panel about DHS challenges after 10 years, a former DHS/NSA official said you can't blame the TSA for "stupid screening;" instead, it is the fault of "privacy campaigners."
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Thu, 09/12/13 - 10:42am.
When passing through airport security to catch a flight, surely you've experienced either the body scanners or "enhanced" pat-downs.
Transportation Security Administration has found 83 grenades in luggage this year alone
Submitted by Layer 8 on Wed, 09/11/13 - 1:13pm.
Some of the travel recommendations posted on the Transportation Security Administration's blog seem stupefying obvious. This week's entitled: "Leave Your Grenades at Home" seemed like a no brainer, but alas.
The TSA wrote about grenades in particular: Year to date, the agency's officers have discovered:
The TSA encouraged 3rd parties to datamine public info about you and to build hybrid PreCheck screening algorithms, feeling the need to specify 'as long as they are legal.'
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Wed, 07/24/13 - 12:14pm.
There may be more than meets the eye to the TSA's PreCheck biometric screening security program that just opened up to the general public, so the question is: What are you willing to hand over in order to join the ranks of travelers in an airport's 'happy lane'?
I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about … pretty sure
Submitted by Paul McNamara on Wed, 06/19/13 - 1:17pm.
This morning I wrote about an attorney general's contention that Google should do more to ensure that its autocomplete feature doesn't foster criminal activity by offering suggestions such as "prescription drugs online without a prescription." Before writing I found myself typing a variety of such terms into the Google search box, just to see what autocomplete might have to offer. Stuff like:
Transportation Security Administration’s effort to expand what passengers can bring onboard met with vast criticism
Submitted by Layer 8 on Wed, 06/05/13 - 4:12pm.
TSA agents at Fort Lauderdale came across human skull fragments tucked into the bottom of a flower pot
Submitted by Layer 8 on Mon, 04/29/13 - 10:55am.
Some of the weirdest and scary stuff passes through our countriy's airports - guns, hand grenades, stun guns and samurai swords to name a few but this has to be one of the strangest: human skull fragments.
RELATED: 25 crazy and scary things the TSA has found on travelers
Transportation Security Administration blog takes note of dumb, or just plain aggressive comments made by travelers
Submitted by Layer 8 on Thu, 04/04/13 - 11:32am.
There is no humor in an airport. It's a fact. And while most travelers business or otherwise know that, there are a few out there who haven't gotten the message or perhaps the choose to ignore it.
Either way the "People Say the Darndest Things" or "What Not to Say at an Airport" section has become one of the more popular destinations on the TSA Blog site.
Razor blades and full sized baseball bats need to be checked
Submitted by Layer 8 on Tue, 03/05/13 - 9:33pm.
As of April 25th the Transportation Security Administration will let a bunch of previously prohibited items such as small pocket knives and what it calls "novelty" or toy bats to be taken on aircraft as carry-ons. The idea the agency said was to let Transportation Security Officers better focus their efforts on spot higher threat items such as explosives and guns (see more on that topic below).
An airline passenger tried to conceal saw blades inside an iPad
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Wed, 12/26/12 - 3:17pm.
You've seen all the lists of awesome iPad apps for tablet newbies, but here's the most cutting-edge iPad app of all: A few saw blades concealed in an iPad by an airline traveler at Dulles International Airport.
The TSA put the kibosh on this packaging, though allowed the passenger to board his flight. Apparently these were Christmas gifts.
TSA may be a joke, but he who laughs last, laughs best and the TSA may have that last laugh as it moves toward controlling all types of travel within the USA . . . in the name of security (theater) and keeping us 'safe' from terrorists of course.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Mon, 12/17/12 - 12:41pm.
Although FederalNewsRadio reported "TSA's playbook keeps terrorists guessing," many people would tend to agree more with consumer advocate Christopher Elliot's statement that "Today's TSA is a joke.
The TSA has ignored a federal court ruling for a year, pleading poverty, while it continually dumps money into other projects. Please sign the petition ordering the TSA to follow the law! Here's an interview with Jim Harper who started the petition.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Thu, 07/12/12 - 4:37pm.
Security and privacy guru Bruce Schneier said it is important and pointed toward Jim Harper's post TSA Should Follow the Law on Cato @Liberty. And it is very important since a year has passed but the TSA continues to snub the U.S.
43 TSA employees, from supervisors to front-line screeners, were either fired or suspended for not executing random pat-downs checks. A TSA spokesman said, "At no time was a traveler's safety at risk and there was no impact on flight operations." But which is it? This is where it seems a bit murky since the random pat-downs are either "essential," or they are simply more security theater that pose no additional safety risks when skipped.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Tue, 06/05/12 - 3:00pm.
Most everyone hates pat-downs, even TSA employees are sick of them which resulted in firing or suspending 43 TSA supervisors and front-line screeners, 15% of the 280 TSA workers at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Called 'useless' by a former FBI terrorism expert, the TSA is out of control and has once again threatened, or 'cautioned against' journalists covering the TSA's bogus and costly security theater.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Mon, 03/12/12 - 1:21pm.
According to TSA Out of Our Pants, $1B of TSA nude body scanners were made worthless by the blogger's video showing how to "get anything through" the TSA body scanners.
Undeclared firearms, inert landmines also grab TSA's attention during airport screenings
Submitted by Alpha Doggs on Fri, 01/06/12 - 11:39am.
Apple, HTC, Samsung, RIM and other smartphone makers are really outdoing themselves these days cranking out new must-have smartphones. But to our knowledge, none of them have yet gotten to the point where they've intentionally started to sell combination smartphones/weapons.
Just what the USA does NOT need, more security theater by giving the TSA more power. Due to the 'dangerous' nature of TSA work, and the 'brutal' working conditions, some foolish folks want the TSA to go beyond groping to actually having the authority to arrest people.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Thu, 01/05/12 - 12:07pm.
The TSA Blog has posted the TSA Top 10 Good Catches of 2011 which includes stopping almost ninjas and almost snakes on a plane, but excuse me for not throwing the TSA a parade.
DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) dinged TSA in a recent security audit. High-risk vulnerabilities were detected in Federal Air Marshals' Blackberry devices, in patch management, in configuration controls . . . and can you believe Windows XP on TSA laptops?
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Wed, 08/24/11 - 5:12pm.
We've questioned whether or not IT departments are too slow to patch Windows, and then took a survey that basically told us what we know, that patching Windows is a necessary evil and a huge time sink for IT. Well it must be a royal pain for TSA IT as well.
While the TSA can't explain why invasive patdowns without probable cause are legal, that isn't stopping TSA from future plans to track all your daily travels, anywhere you go, from work, to stores, or even when you go out to play.
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Tue, 08/23/11 - 9:43am.
When the TSA was asked to provide legal reasons that definitely spelled out why physically invasive patdowns are legal, without any probable cause, not one TSA person had an answer. There was no legal documentation for enhanced patdowns other than it serves "the essential administrative purpose."
Submitted by Ms. Smith on Wed, 06/08/11 - 10:57am.
On Friday, June 10, if you live in or will be near New York City, why not head over to Union Square at 4:30 pm and join other like-minded people who want the controversial TSA naked image scanners to be banned. I enjoyed this image on RaquelOkyay with the words Stop Government Sanctioned Molestation.