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.
WASHINGTON – To help streamline the security process and better protect laptops, starting August 16 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow passengers to leave their laptop computers in bags that meet new "checkpoint friendly" standards.