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Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Failed Numerous Tests at U.S. Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/19/2016, 4:00 AM

The readiness of the Transportation Security Administration's bomb-sniffing dogs has been called into question by an investigation conducted by NBC News.  Via a Freedom of Information Act request, the outlet found that between January 1, 2013, and June 15, 2015 (the most recent period for which records were provided), K-9 teams at 10 major U.S. airports—including those in Los Angeles, Wash...

TSA, Airports, and Congress Get Security Wait Times Under Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

After a frustrating spring filled with long, slow-moving security lines at airports, Congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, and airports banded together to take action in June—and it looks like it paid off, at least in the short term.  While getting through security regularly took an hour or more in May, the TSA says that by the end of July the average wait t...

Bill to Tighten Airport Security and Speed Up Lines Gets the Go-Ahead

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:00 PM

A bipartisan aviation bill designed to heighten airport security measures while shortening security lines was approved by the transportation committees in both houses of Congress on Wednesday. The bill would also require airlines to give you a refund for fees for checked bags when luggage is lost or delayed 12 hours or more on domestic flights or 15 hours or more on international flights. ...

TSA PreCheck Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

The Transportation Security Administration reports that the number of travelers signing up for its PreCheck program—which allows you to move through airport security faster and without removing your shoes and taking electronics out of your luggage—has more than tripled in the last few months, surging to an average of 16,000 applicants a day in May. The result? You guessed it: long delays i...

Travel Briefing: Airport Lines, An Imploded Casino, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2016, 1:15 PM

The Riviera in Las Vegas (photo by Ashwin Kumar/Flickr) Welcome to the middle of the week! And welcome to our brand-new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from across the internet. Check this space daily for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * ORLANDO THEME PARKS STEPPING UP SECURITY AFTER NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING (New York Ti...

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...

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