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Reports: The TSA Speeds Up Lines By Allowing Shoes, Fully Packed Bags

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/25/2016, 10:45 PM

For weeks, the news has been clogged with reports that airports were often seeing lines of as long as two hours for security clearance. According to independent reports on Twitter today, the Transportation Security Administration has resorted to speeding up lines by instructing passengers not to remove their shoes, the way they have been forced to do for 15 years. This comes the day after ...

U.S. Airports Suffer Security Delays—Are You to Blame for Rejecting TSA PreCheck?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2016, 2:30 PM

The TSA PreCheck program was supposed to make airport security inspections faster for many people. By paying $85 for five years and going through a background screening process (fingerprints, interview, and so on), passengers could earn the right to speed through a speedier TSA checkpoint lane, without having to remove coats, shoes, liquids, and laptops from bags. One problem: Not enough p...

The TSA May Now Deny You the Right to a Pat-Down

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/23/2015, 11:00 PM

Until this month, anyone undergoing a TSA search at airports has had the right to bypass the "Advanced Imaging Technology" screening booths—the ones in which passengers hold their hands over their heads for a full-body image. Any passenger unwilling to use the machines could request a thorough hand pat-down from an available agent, requesting a private location if desired. You no long...

TSA's Luggage Lock Skeleton Keys Leaked

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/11/2015, 3:00 PM

Consumerist and Wired report the design of the master skeleton keys used by the TSA to open and inspect your luggage has been leaked on the Web. Now anyone can use a 3-D printer to duplicate the keys and open luggage—and people are doing it. The security blunder stems from a story in the Washington Post published nearly a year ago, which ran an image of the keys along with a story on lugga...

Elite Flyers Lose Access to TSA Pre

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/07/2015, 5:00 PM

Today, American Airlines sent a warning to its AAdvantage frequent flyer club members: You've been downgraded. Said the airline, "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making changes to the TSA Pre? Trusted Traveler Program that will impact which travelers receive expedited screening. If you're not already a member of one of the Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entr...

New Scanner Debuts: You May Fly with Fluids Soon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2014, 3:00 PM

A new machine being tested in 65 of Europe's 550 airports could mean you can bring full bottles of liquid on flights again in Europe as soon as January 2016. The Cobalt Light Insight100 machine points lasers at travelers' containers of liquid to determine the chemical properties of what's inside. Each unit costs $64,000 and requires officers to place the questionable vessels inside a ...

Passenger Detained by FBI for Wearing a Speedo: Watch

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/03/2014, 5:30 PM

Jerome Jarre is a celebrity of sorts. Some 7.5 million people follow his mini-videos on the app called Vine, where he has made a name by gallivanting around city streets doing wacky things in an effort to get people to smile—tickle a stranger here, kiss a stranger there. Jarre, a French national who lives in the United States, has gained enough notice for his relentlessly goofy positive en...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

When Travel Vendors Demand Your Home Address, Do You Have to Give it?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2014, 9:00 PM

How much do they have the right to know about you?   Because I travel so much, I use a post office box. It's a simple security trick that I recommend to everyone who travels. First, it'll hold your mail for you. But just as important, if you use a P.O. box for your primary address then it's much harder for crooks you meet on the road to realize you're not home and burgle you. ...

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