Who Screens the Screeners? American Opinions on the TSA

They have access to our documentation and belongings – albeit briefly. They both embody and carry out the safeguards put in place to protect travelers from the threats among us. “They” are the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its most visible set of employees, the agents responsible for security screenings at the nation’s commercial airports. […]

TSA Abandons Plan to Allow Knives on Planes

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is abandoning a plan to allow passengers to carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes in the face of fierce congressional and industry opposition, the head of the agency said Wednesday. By scuttling the plan to drop the knives and sports equipment from TSA’s […]

United Airlines Begins Pre-notifying Customers of Eligibility for TSA Precheck

United Airlines today announced it is providing advance notice to customers who are selected for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) prescreening program TSA Precheck. Eligible United customers will start to see the TSA Precheck indicator on mobile boarding passes, boarding passes printed at home or from the kiosks at some airports, allowing customers to effectively […]

Flight Attendants Get Congressional Support In No-Knife Fight

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 Flight Attendants, applauds Congressmen Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) for taking the lead by authoring a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole about the abrupt policy change allowing dangerous items in the aircraft cabin. The letter expresses serious concerns about the process […]

Airlines for America Opposes TSA Tax Hike, Says it Will Hurt Passengers

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, supported calls for efficiency improvements within the TSA, while strongly urging House Republicans not to punish passengers, shippers and airlines by doubling the TSA passenger security tax in their budget proposal. “Air travel today is already taxed at a federal rate higher […]

TSA Allowed People with Criminal Records to Get Airport Security Badges

A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency’s bungling of an airport security badge vetting program allowed at least 11 individuals with criminal backgrounds to obtain access to secured airport areas. What’s more, says the OIG, because of the TSA’s lack of oversight, some individuals with criminal records […]

U.S. Congressmen to Fight TSA on Allowing Knives on Planes [VIDEO]

Sen. Charles Schumer, saying he sees few tangible benefits for passengers, called Sunday on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reverse its decision to allow small pocketknives on airplanes. At an afternoon news conference in New York, Schumer said TSA agents would be distracted by having to measure knives and other items like baseball bats. […]