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  • November 16, 2010 | 516 (# of comments)
    A recent incident in San Diego where a passenger opted out of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) and also refused a pat-down has been raising some questions, so I wanted to help clarify a few things with this blog post.AIT is optional for everybody....
  • November 11, 2010 | 513 (# of comments)
    As we’ve discussed before, TSA’s screening procedures change regularly based on the latest intelligence. Pat-downs have long been one of the many security measures TSA and virtually every other nation has used in its risk-based approach to help...
  • November 08, 2010 | 54 (# of comments)
    MacBook Airs are back in the news with the recent release of the next generation models. People are asking if they need to come out of bags prior to X-ray screening since they’re smaller. As much as people might like me to spark off a Mac vs. PC war...
  • October 22, 2010 | 187 (# of comments)
    TSA’s job is to help keep the skies safe. Members of flight crews in or out of uniform whether dead-heading, commuting, or working are not exempt from security. It has always been this way. If procedures call for them to go through TSA checkpoint...
  • October 18, 2010 | 59 (# of comments)
    You may have heard about the MagViz recently. If not, you're probably asking “MagWhat???” Is it the latest infomercial gadget that slices and dices? Will it hook to your trailer hitch? Does it not only weigh the fish, but scale it too? Not quite,...
  • September 03, 2010 | 65 (# of comments)
    Photo courtesy of photographphil @ FlickrI’ve been seeing a lot of questions about what kind of deodorant can be taken in your carry-on baggage. So, similar to my razor post from a few weeks ago, I’m going to clear things up a little. I’ll try to...
  • August 27, 2010 | 332 (# of comments)
    You may have read about TSA implementing enhanced pat downs as part of our layered approach to security. Using the latest intelligence, TSA constantly updates our screening procedures to stay ahead of those who wish to do us harm and keep the skies...
  • August 13, 2010 | 124 (# of comments)
    After reading many of the great questions that have come in to "Talk to TSA" I think the best one to start off with is a commonly asked one: are liquids still a threat? The short answer is yes. I can appreciate how someone might wonder why their...
  • June 01, 2010 | 152 (# of comments)
    With the kickoff of the summer travel season, I thought I’d talk a little about traveling with the little crumb-snatchers.Reduce the Stress for Kids: Let’s face it, checkpoints seem like busy and noisy places to children (and some adults too) and...
  • April 06, 2010 | 234 (# of comments)
    E-readers, Net Books and other small gadgets are becoming more and more popular for travelers to bring along in their carry-ons. (iPads, Kindles™, Neos, Nooks™, Sony® Readers™ etc.)Not only are they essential to those who need to stay connected and...

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