If you somehow need more proof that the Transportation Security Administration is an expensive, invasive joke of a federal agency that does not actually thwart airline terrorism, then writer and former TSA screener Jason Edward Harrington is happy to give you some.
This footage was shot on a LaGuardia runway. Yes, two kids just hopped a fence and started filming right on runway 31 back in 1968. Airport security has changed a bit little since then.
TSA Pre-Check—a paid registration system that allows airplane passengers to skip security checks as long as they agree to get fingerprinted—is now available to everyone instead of just frequent fliers from some airlines. Now you just have to pay them $85 to get back the dignity and rights they stole from you.
That rule that you can only bring three ounce bottles through airport security is really annoying, but it's been a fact of life for years now. So what do you do with a 1.75-liter bottle of Smirnoff vodka you've "forgotten" to remove from your carry-on luggage?
Daniel Casillo started last night by racing some friends on jet skis near JFK airport. His night ended in custody, having easily broken through the airport’s $100 million, state-of-the-art security systems. Strangely, the airport couldn’t be happier.[jump]
A man accidentally brought his loaded .40 caliber gun onto an airplane. He didn't know he had it. Neither did the TSA, who completely missed it during its scan and allowed that plane to fly. Apparently, this happens a lot.
It's not just airport security that can see you naked with their full-body scanner, AS&E's Z Backscatter Vans do the same thing. Only difference is that, well, vans are mobile vehicles that can hit the streets and target anyone.