We have this macabre ballet we do in the airport. We stand in agonizingly long lines, winding around stanchions as our boarding times tick ever closer. It’s a routine borne of tragedies that could hypothetically happen, and we have cast the Transportation Security Administration as our stage directors. Airports are…
The TSA happily shows off all of the weapons they catch inside carryon baggage every month, but what happens when guns are taken onto planes as part of an inside job, by people with airport security clearance. That's just what happened as the Feds busted up a gun smuggling channel between Atlanta and NYC.
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.
From what I can gather, being a teenaged girl doesn't seem easy. Even if you're a teenaged girl with one of the best dads I've ever known. One of the reasons it seems so difficult is thanks to creepy TSA agents who need to keep their mouths shut.
Going through TSA checkpoints when flying is always a chore. You have to chug your booze, take off your shoes, belt, aluminum underpants, empty your pockets, and take your laptop and engine blocks out of your carry-on bags.
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?
Because July 4th falls on a Wedneday, a lot of Americans will spend a five-day weekend traveling and drinking. It's pretty common to misplace a wallet or a purse on that kind of vacation. And getting on a return flight without a valid ID, as you might imagine, is not easy. But it can be done. Here's how to work it…
Talmon Marco, founder of the VoIP app Viber, was met at La Guardia airport this evening by a waiting posse of port authority cops. What did he do? Well, it's not quite as outrageous as Alec Baldwin getting in trouble for playing Words With Friends, but it's still a bit ridiculous.
A mechanical engineer from the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey was stopped by TSA officers at Newark Airport after they found two Claymore mines in her bag. This would be a victory for the TSA had they not just let the woman's co-worker through with a similar mine in their checked baggage.
Either someone just attempted the subtlest of jabs at our nation's force of uncomfortably invasive rent-a-cops or the recruiters at the Transportation Security Administration need to invest in a better thesaurus. A job posting on the Ann Arbor, Michigan Craigslist invites would-be screeners to "[b]e part of a imperious…
Several women who flew through Dallas/Fort Worth's airport have filed complaints against the TSA claiming that officials asked them to walk through the body scanners multiple times. Why would female agents do such a thing? So the male agents viewing the scans could get a better look at their bodies. Ew.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul doesn't like the Transportation Security Administration's procedures and has traded words with TSA administrator John S. Pistole in the past. Now, according to Paul's staff, the Senator is being detained by the TSA in Nashville at this moment.
The Transportation Security Administration has released a list of the worst/best/most crazy things caught by their airport agents in 2011—including a whooping 1,200 loaded firearms. I picked my favorite top ten because theirs is not right.
In an email titled "Hilarious/Horrifying?," a tipster sent along this picture of a TSA luggage inspection notice that came with a sexxxtra-special bonus message: GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL. "This happened to my friend on a flight on Saturday," the tipster writes. "Apparently TSA found a 'personal item' in her bag." Hmmm,…
Was it rude of me to assume that all TSA agents were baby eating, power tripping assholes who were put on earth to make your life miserable? Whoops! Turns out they're not all like that. In fact, some of them can even be extremely helpful and go beyond the call of duty to make your life easier. WHAT!?
Curious how the authorities are ramping up for the 9/11 tenth anniversary? Robert Wilonsky, editor of The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park blog was flying from Los Angeles to Dallas when he was stopped by federal authorities and questioned... after his flight. Read on for his completely ludicrous tale. — Ed.
After all the touching and feeling that went down this past fall, international airlines have been hankering for a way to get back into passengers' good graces. This checkpoint, along with eye scanners and souped-up passports, might be the ticket.