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  • March 28, 2017 | 133 (# of comments)
    ***Update*** When a pat-down is required, TSA can offer reasonable accommodations for individuals with sensory processing disorders or other conditions that sometimes result in pain when touched. However, those individuals still need to undergo a...
  • December 15, 2016 | 26 (# of comments)
    Did TSA officers at LAX prevent a child from taking his bear on the plane? No. The bear actually belonged to a grown man, and not a child. It turns out it was all a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He’s a popular YouTuber...
  • August 24, 2016 | 93 (# of comments)
    There have been some reports that a nine-year-old child with a pacemaker was prevented from flying home because TSA thought his pacemaker was a bomb. Long story short, nobody thought his pacemaker was a bomb, and the boy and his mother made their...
  • July 03, 2016 | 59 (# of comments)
    From time to time, we see headlines, blogs, and comments from people who believe that TSA officers have the authority to arrest passengers. Well, they do not, so let us set the record straight.TSA officers at airport checkpoints do not have the...
  • May 20, 2016 | 50 (# of comments)
    We’ve been seeing claims suggesting that TSA is intentionally slowing down lines around the nation in order to profit from increased TSA Pre✓® enrollments.Let us set the record straight. The $85 application fee (valid for five years) covers the...
  • July 19, 2013 | 114 (# of comments)
    It has been reported that TSA Officers at airports are now searching cars. The news started to spread after a story ran this week stating that a woman found a notice informing her that her car had been searched by TSA.The short version: While we...
  • January 02, 2013 | 13 (# of comments)
    After a drone was spotted at a Vikings game, rumors have been “flying” around that it was a TSA drone. I just wanted to take this quick opportunity to say that TSA does not use drones. I have been accused of “droning” on and on before, but other...
  • April 13, 2012 | 34 (# of comments)
    Hello out there in the blogosphere, I am Jonella. I work with Bob at TSA and in particular I work on a lot of the TSA Pre✓® communications. Since the launch of TSA Pre✓® last October, more than 750,000 travelers have received expedited screening and...
  • March 23, 2012 | 13 (# of comments)
    An inaccurate account alleging that TSA Officers took nail clippers from soldiers returning from Afghanistan is starting to spread around again. We blogged about this back in 2010 and FactCheck.org even busted the myth, but in the last week, I’ve...
  • October 25, 2011 | 59 (# of comments)
    Depending on what inaccurate blog post you may have read, you would think that TSA has checkpoints set up all across Tennessee’s highways. That’s just simply not the case. In fact, it’s really startling to see how off base some of the claims have...

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