Whether screening passengers or their luggage, TSA’s security officers remain ever-vigilant. They rely on their training, judgment and combined experience interacting with 2 million passengers a day to help steer their decisions.
A passenger flying out of Baltimore on Aug. 1 found out the hard way that if you hide something that won’t set off the metal detectors – even in a place as secure as your wallet – it will get caught if it is not supposed to be there.
A behavior detection officer who saw the passenger exhibiting suspicious behavior referred him for additional screening. During a thorough search of the passenger and his belongings, a small baggie with a suspicious looking brown substance was found tucked away in the man’s wallet.
Two guns were found within three hours at two checkpoints at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on July 17.
About 10 a.m. at checkpoint C-31, Transportation Security Officer Joanne Migot saw the image of a handgun in a carry-on bag appear on the X-ray monitor. Later at checkpoint C-21, 200 yards away, a similar situation unfolded for Officer Yvette Holloway.
Both cases involved female passengers, who were arrested by local law enforcement for recklessly attempting to enter the sterile area with a firearm.
When departing the United States for China:
- Make sure to abide by the 3-1-1 rule; all liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage must be three ounces or less and must fit comfortably in a one-quart sized bag.
TSA Public Affairs
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the loss of a Clear®-owned laptop computer on July 26 that contained unencrypted data of approximately 33,000 customers.
TSA has verified that a laptop was discovered by Clear® officials yesterday at San Francisco International Airport. It was voluntarily surrendered to TSA officials for forensic examination.