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Sorry Indianapolis, You're No Longer the Sole Location Offering TSA PreCheck Enrollment Background Checks

Sorry Indianapolis, You're No Longer the Sole Location Offering TSA PreCheck Enrollment Background Checks Dec 16th, 2013 at 3:07PM: Getty Two weeks ago, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would began allowing travelers to apply for its PreCheck program, "an expedited screening process" through airport security. Curiously though, the only airport in the country where travelers could complete the program's required background interview was Indianapolis International Airport. That changed today...

TSA Lets Travelers Apply for PreCheck

TSA Lets Travelers Apply for PreCheck Dec 4th, 2013 at 4:58PM: Associated Press Today the Transportation Security Administration (you know 'em as TSA) began allowing travelers to apply for its PreCheck program (or as TSA calls it, Pre✓™). According to TSA, The new application process allows U.S. citizens to directly enroll in TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and...

Might TSA Be Replaced By, Um, You?

Might TSA Be Replaced By, Um, You? Oct 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Photo: Courtesy Qylur A start-up called Qylur said it would begin offering automated security checkpoints next year in which people scan themselves, Business Week reports. Airports are a distant goal though, with the company focusing on starting at amusement parks and arenas. While five scanners will be deployed at first, Qylur wouldn't reveal where they're going. Been asked to scan yourself...

9 Year-Old Skips Through Airport Security, Flies To Vegas

9 Year-Old Skips Through Airport Security, Flies To Vegas Oct 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr/ ampmouse1 It's supposed to be impossible. Armed guards are in place to prevent it from happening. Three levels of airport security were breached, and airline and TSA officials have no idea how he did it. That's the situation at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) as a 9-year-old was able to get past all that then fly to Las Vegas on his own, without a ticket. "At this point,...

The Shutdown Affects Travel, Twitter Responds As Usual

The Shutdown Affects Travel, Twitter Responds As Usual Oct 1st, 2013 at 5:00PM: AP The government shutdown is officially happening, and various travel-related agencies are being affected, most notably National Parks. Air traffic controllers are still hard at work, but there's no way Yosemite will be able to celebrate its 123rd birthday (although Google is trying hard). As usual, people are responding to the shutdown and its affects on travel on Twitter. Some are...

10 Weird Items That You CAN Travel With

10 Weird Items That You CAN Travel With Oct 1st, 2013 at 10:30AM: slgckgc, Flickr The prohibited items list from the TSA might seem long, but as it turns out, there are plenty of weird things that you can in fact travel with. 1. Snow Globes As long as it appears to be less than 3.4 ounces (which the TSA points out is about the size of a tennis ball), and you can fit it into your clear, plastic bag with all your other liquids, feel free to pop your...

Long Lines At Airports Have Got To Go, Says Travel Association

Long Lines At Airports Have Got To Go, Says Travel Association Sep 20th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Photo - Chris Owen The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been working on addressing long lines at airport security screening areas for quite some time. TSA Precheck lanes are being expanded to more airports every year and Global Entry lets frequent, pre-authorized travelers to zip into the United States. Just last week, we reported faster airport screening via a new TSA program....

Airport Screening To Be Faster Thanks To New TSA Program

Airport Screening To Be Faster Thanks To New TSA Program Sep 16th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Photo- Chris Owen It's taken a long time but a quicker, more efficient screening process at the nation's airports looks to be coming into focus. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is planning a new three-tier system for passenger and baggage screening that taps features of ongoing programs to streamline the process. Based on elements of the best parts of the existing Secure Flight...

TSA Prefers That We Leave Hand Grenades At Home

TSA Prefers That We Leave Hand Grenades At Home Sep 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Transportation Security Administration photo The Transportation Security Administration has been working on its image, engaging readers on its blog with the latest travel security information, inviting fans to "meet the bloggers" and more. The TSA is also finding that its message is more palatable with a dose of humor. This week on its Transportation Tips post, TSA asks readers to please leave...

TSA Giving Veterans Clothing Left At Checkpoints

Aug 5th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Thanks to the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, veterans are now receiving clothing that has been left as airport security checkpoints. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Hochul (D–N.Y.) was signed by President Obama in January. Reagan National Airport is the latest airport to join in on the charity with a donation comprised of two months' worth of abandoned clothing. Before the...

Are Hassle Free Airlines Truly Possible?

Are Hassle Free Airlines Truly Possible? Aug 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: jerdlngr, Flickr A new airline in Memphis is looking to take the frustration out of flying, letting travelers skip airport security and show up at the airport just minutes before their flight takes off. Southern Airways Express has been operational for four months and the carrier's CEO believes it's the answer to many passengers' woes. "You're going to be able to walk from your car less than...

Shocking Things The TSA Gets Away With

Jul 31st, 2013 at 2:00PM: To many people, airport security is something of a necessary evil -- a royal pain in the behind that they tolerate because ultimately, it's designed to keep us safer. But a new study into the Transportation Security Administration raises questions about just how well the agency actually protects us. Airport screeners have been accused of everything from sleeping on the job to stealing and...

Fashion Do's And Don'ts From The TSA

Jul 25th, 2013 at 5:30PM: When talking about airport security, we generally focus on what travelers are carrying, not what they're wearing. But thanks to the TSA recently cracking down on passengers' fashion choices, style is now a part of the airport security conversation. Forget regulations on liquids or weapons: the TSA's new security threat is clothing, accessories and hairdos, or so they seem to think. On July...

How Do Dogs Find Explosives At Airports?

How Do Dogs Find Explosives At Airports? Jul 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: mrccos, Flickr Behind every bomb-sniffing dog at the airport is hours and hours of repetition and reward. For many, their training starts with a canine kindergarten and continues until they graduate from an elite academy run by MSA Security. Around 160 teams work with these dogs, usually in tandem with the same handler for eight or nine years, until the dog is retired. Smithsonian magazine looks...

Americans Trying To Bring Guns On Planes At Unprecedented Rate, Says TSA

Americans Trying To Bring Guns On Planes At Unprecedented Rate, Says TSA Jul 3rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Neil Girling, Flickr More and more Americans are apparently attempting to take airline security into their own hands. In data provided by the Transport Security Administration to the AP, there is evidence of a significant increase in the number of firearms that passengers try to take through TSA screening points in airports around the country. In only the first half of this year, the TSA seized...

Even the TSA Wants In On The Instagram Craze

Even the TSA Wants In On The Instagram Craze Jul 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: TSA, via Instagram Other than toothpaste in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, ever wonder what the TSA actually confiscates? Wonder no more. A TSA Instagram account, dedicated to documenting prohibited items found at airport checkpoints, went live in late June. Its first post, a compilation of seized fireworks and brass knuckles, is accompanied by a hashtag-heavy public service announcement:...

Study Finds Slow Airport Security Has An Upside

Study Finds Slow Airport Security Has An Upside Jun 25th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Mobile Edge Laptop Cases, Flickr Going through airport security is a lesson in patience for even the most Zen traveler, but the good news is that those frustratingly slow security screenings might actually be more effective. According to a new study, TSA screeners who take their time are more successful at identifying targets like weapons or restricted items. The study pitted TSA agents against...

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane Jun 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: golf082/Flickr International travelers arriving in the United States this summer are often faced with a waiting time of three hours or longer to clear U.S. Customs. If their first stop in the U.S. is not their final destination, that wait can easily add up to missed connections too. In March, with several international flights on my upcoming travel schedule, I took a look at what could be done to...

Government Drops Plan To Allow Small Knives On Planes

Government Drops Plan To Allow Small Knives On Planes Jun 5th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Flickr via Trevor Manternach The TSA today announced that they are dropping the plan that would have permitted passengers to carry small knives and other previously banned items, like bats and golf clubs, on planes. These items have been banned since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when terrorists famously hijacked planes using items like box cutters as weapons. TSA Administrator John...

Three Airport Travel Apps That Work, Save Time, Make Flying Fun

Three Airport Travel Apps That Work, Save Time, Make Flying Fun May 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Jane Starz/Flickr Airport travel apps for smart phones and tablets are must-have items for some air travelers, much like that phone itself. But it is easy to get over-apped and have three different sources texting the fact that we have landed, that the flight is running late or that it is time to check in. Choosing the best ones can be more difficult than using them. Here are some tested, but not...

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