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House Oversight Committee requests feedback on TSA

House Oversight Committee requests feedback on TSA Mar 24th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Public acceptance of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its somewhat dubious methodologies has always been tenuous among the American public. Some feel that the technology they use is the only way to keep American travelers safe. Others feel that their power and influence reaches too far. In either case, there's lots to say, and for once, congress appears to be listening. On...

SkyMall Monday: Toothpaste Tablets

SkyMall Monday: Toothpaste Tablets Mar 5th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The restrictions that the TSA places on liquids in our carry-on luggage are frustrating for everyone. How are we supposed to pack all of our lotions, creams, ointments, salves, balms, rinses and sprays in a single one-quart baggie (without getting sneaky)? Looking good isn't easy and requires tremendous amounts of upkeep. This is particularly true when it comes to oral hygiene. Packing handfuls of...

One in four travelers smuggle liquids through TSA checkpoints

One in four travelers smuggle liquids through TSA checkpoints Oct 31st, 2011 at 5:30PM: A new survey from Skyscanner suggests that as many as one in four travelers smuggle liquids past security - both accidentally and on purpose. Of the 1,000 poll respondents, 42% agree that current rulings are too restrictive and one in five complaining that airports tend to enforce rules differently. Only 2% believed the legislation did not go far enough. About 4% of respondents admitted that...

Travel sizes and the 3-1-1 rule: new study suggests shift in consumer behavior

Travel sizes and the 3-1-1 rule: new study suggests shift in consumer behavior Aug 15th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The TSA's 3-1-1 rule has been in place for only five years, but it may have forever changed travel behavior. The rule limits passengers to one quart sized zippered bag and liquid or gel items of no more than 3.4 ounces in all carry-on luggage. Prior to the 3-1-1 rule's implementation, 18% of the respondents considered themselves to "not at all" purchase travel sizes prior to the 3-1-1 rule,...

Ramadan begins today: what travelers can expect

Ramadan begins today: what travelers can expect Aug 1st, 2011 at 12:30PM: Today begins the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, a month long period of prayer and reflection, fasting and sacrifice, as well as feasting and acts of charity and kindness. Travelers should exercise extra patience and flexibility this month where Ramadan is celebrated, but enjoy the special atmosphere and festivities. If traveling in a Muslim country during August, expect closures, a slower pace,...

TSA workers are blaming body scanners for cancer; D.C. public interest group calls for independent reviews

TSA workers are blaming body scanners for cancer; D.C. public interest group calls for independent reviews Jul 1st, 2011 at 2:30PM: Workers for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from locations around the country are reporting higher-than-usual rates of cancer, strokes and heart disease amongst employees who work on or near new full-body scanners. The Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. recently obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act that shows TSA employees at Boston's...

Vibrators "okay," according to TSA

Vibrators Jun 20th, 2011 at 3:00PM: According to an article that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend, your special friend is a-okay to pack in your carry-on luggage. "The Transportation Safety Administration, whose job it is to consider fully such matters, has decreed that vibrators are OK. The TSA says whips, chains, leashes, restraints and manacles are OK, too." the article states. That's the crux of...

The "TSA Pokey Pokey"

May 20th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Do the TSA Pokey Pokey What's the best way to ensure you annoy the crap out of your friendly TSA agent the next time you head through an airport security line? Sing new song "The TSA Pokey Pokey," just released by reason.tv. You'll laugh (or cringe) at this parody video, made from the same guy who brought the popular DC Metro song....

TSA 'Behavioral Officers' look for the obvious

TSA 'Behavioral Officers' look for the obvious Apr 27th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Our pals over at AOL Travel are reporting that the TSA has "behavioral indicator officers" who attempt to observe people in security lines to determine if anyone is a security risk. So, if you still think that it's funny to make bomb jokes while waiting to pass through the x-ray machine, you might want to start working on some new material. The TSA, meanwhile, might want to consider that travel,...

Travel group promoting Trusted Traveler Program

Travel group promoting Trusted Traveler Program Apr 25th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Should frequent flyers and business travelers get through airports faster than everybody else? Yes! says the U.S. Travel Association who is trying to convince lawmakers that big airport users need special attention. "Travelers encounter much hassle at our nation's airports, and it's time for Congress to act," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "A one size fits...

Echo chainsaw commercial shows TSA at their worst

Apr 19th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Echo power tools has a new television ad for their chainsaws that takes some liberties - though some would say not many - with the intimacy of TSA pat downs. The comical commercial features a man passing through airport security being subjected to a fairly aggressive, yet thorough, pat down of his crotch. Meanwhile, inattentive agents allow his chainsaw to pass through the X-ray machine...

Amtrak police chief to TSA: Stay off our property

Mar 9th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Our colleagues over at AOL Travel reported on a really troubling story last week involving the TSA and an involuntary security check at an Amtrak station in Savannah, Georgia. All passengers getting off a train at that station were forced to have their belongings checked, and some (including kids) underwent a pat-down. The whole thing stinks - and the TSA of course issued their usual...

Ten crazy videos and photos from the airport security checkpoint

Ten crazy videos and photos from the airport security checkpoint Mar 9th, 2011 at 1:30PM: To most people, the airport checkpoint is where we line up, get partially undressed, and attempt to get through as quickly as possible, without incident or drama. To others, the checkpoint is an opportunity to make a point, show off or get in trouble. We've collected ten funny photos and videos from the security checkpoint that'll make you want to get through it even faster next time you...

Baggage Scanning Technology Evolving

Baggage Scanning Technology Evolving Mar 5th, 2011 at 9:00AM: The latest in baggage scanning technology looks kind of like the CT scanner hospitals use to to look inside the human body much like a loaf of bread, one slice at a time. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials hope this new tool will do a better, faster job detecting explosives in baggage. The Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) machine runs with CT scan technology, modified...

Video of the Day: Smuggling marijuana from Amersterdam

Feb 28th, 2011 at 6:30PM: Mr. Show with Bob and David is, arguably, the greatest sketch comedy show ever. When they took on the nerve-wracking experience of trying to smuggle marijuana back from Amsterdam, it was hilarious. While the TSA has made the airport experience stressful even if you aren't doing anything illegal, this scene hysterically captures what happens when backpackers try their hand at something that...

Delta airlines puts elderly woman on wrong flight due to boarding pass mix-up

Delta airlines puts elderly woman on wrong flight due to boarding pass mix-up Feb 23rd, 2011 at 1:00PM: In a Top 10 of phone calls you probably don't want to receive from an airport official: "Your grandmother was found in baggage claim." Eighty-year-old Nefissa Yesuf's Sunday Atlanta to Dulles flight didn't go quite as planned. CNN reports that airline and airport staff failed to notice that a Delta employee had allegedly given her someone else's boarding pass by mistake. Yesuf, who is from...

AK State Rep. takes ferry back home after refusing TSA full body scan

AK State Rep. takes ferry back home after refusing TSA full body scan Feb 21st, 2011 at 11:30AM: When Alaska State Rep. Sharon Cissna tried to fly from Seattle back home to Juneau, she was was directed towards one of the new full body scanning machines. When something showed up on the scanner that needed extra attention, she was told she'd need a full pat-down instead. Cissna, who has a mastectomy refused the invasive security treatment and left the airport, opting to travel back to Alaska...

Make a statement at the TSA checkpoint with metal-ink undies

Make a statement at the TSA checkpoint with metal-ink undies Jan 9th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Tired of all of this business with patdowns, nude-o-scopes and grope-a-thons at the security checkpoint? Want to make a statement? Don't want to strip down to your speedo to make that statement? Well then metal ink undergarments might be in your future. Over at cargocollective.com, a series of undergarments are now on sale that use metal ink to print in their silk screening process. The ink...

Royal Caribbean cracks down on booze smuggling

Royal Caribbean cracks down on booze smuggling Jan 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: It wasn't all that long ago when guests booked on any given cruise line did not have too much trouble bringing a bottle of fine wine, some soft drinks or bottled water on to the ship at embarkation to enjoy in their stateroom. There was no "smuggling" needed and cruise lines, for the most part, allowed it. Today, rules are changing and being strictly enforced. Cruise lines in general allowed...

"Gate rape" is Urban Dictionary's Word of the Year. Thanks TSA!

Dec 24th, 2010 at 10:30AM: TSA patdowns have gotten a lot of coverage here on Gadling. The tragicomic lengths TSA officials go through to grab some booty keep us safe have created a whole Internet subculture of jokes and rage. There's even a blog called The Daily Patdown to showcase pictures of security officials looking for the next underwear bomber. Now the fine folks at Urban Dictionary have named "Gate Rape" as the...

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