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Blog Posts for 2011

  • December 30, 2011 | 32 (# of comments)
    An artfully concealed non-metallic martial arts weapon called a “Tactical Spike” was found in the sock of a passenger at Pensacola (PNS) after being screened by a body scanner.In one carry-on bag at Wichita (ICT), TSA Officers discovered a tree saw...
  • December 25, 2011 | 38 (# of comments)
    From all of us at TSA, Happy Holidays and have a wonderful new year! Please enjoy this video from the TSA Los Angeles (LAX) Choir.Bob BurnsTSA Blog TeamIf you’d like to comment on an unrelated topic you can do so in our Off Topic Comments post. You...
  • December 23, 2011 | 43 (# of comments)
    Holy Prohibited Items List Batman, why didn’t you put this in your checked baggage with your grappling gun? This knife was found at San Antonio (SAT).A FLARE GUN with SEVEN FLARES was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Norfolk (ORF). Haven’t...
  • December 22, 2011 | 24 (# of comments)
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Cares today, a new helpline number designed to assist passengers with disabilities and medical conditions to call before they fly. Starting today, travelers can call the...
  • December 21, 2011 | 75 (# of comments)
    They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case, it’s a book titled: Ninja:The Shadow Warrior. This is exactly what I’d expect to find in a book with that title. I couldn’t resist with the title of this blog post, but we didn’t...
  • December 20, 2011 | 36 (# of comments)
    You may have read our Thanksgiving Travel Tips last month. Well, this is the holiday travel version. If you didn’t read all of our travel tips last month, no worries... Here’s the link: Good Gravy, Let’s Talk Turkey!: TSA Holiday Travel TipsHere are...
  • December 17, 2011 | 18 (# of comments)
    Live Flash Bang Grenade Found at ELPHand grenades again... This time it was a LIVE flash bang grenade in a carry-on bag at El Paso (ELP) and it caused a shutdown of the checkpoint resulting in a 30 minute delay affecting 150 passengers.Non Metallic...
  • December 15, 2011 | 228 (# of comments)
    If you’re not familiar with We the People, it’s a new web platform created by the White House that gives all Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of different issues.A petition was created asking for TSA to be abolished, and TSA...
  • December 14, 2011 | 28 (# of comments)
    They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I think folks will be glad that we’re breaking protocol and letting this news slip.The TSA Pre✓® pilot has expanded to the Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport and will begin today for...
  • December 13, 2011 | 54 (# of comments)
    Saturday at DTW, a loaded .380 pistol was found strapped to the ankle of a 76-year-old man. We’ve found over 1,100 firearms this year, but what makes this one stand out from the rest is that it wasn’t found in a bag, it was found strapped to a...

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