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  • January 08, 2010 | 139 (# of comments)
    Over the holidays, I was home with the family in southern Ohio watching the news of the incident on Christmas Day unfold amidst a surreal smattering of garland and wrapping paper. As you can imagine, I got lots of questions from friends and family (...
  • December 26, 2009 | 527 (# of comments)
    I understand there are a lot of questions regarding the incident yesterday that occurred on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.Due to an ongoing investigation, there is little I can say here on the blog, but you can go to TSA.gov to read...
  • December 09, 2009 | 143 (# of comments)
    I published a blog post yesterday on the outdated, unclassified version of a Standard Operating Procedures document that was posted by the agency. It was improperly posted to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted information...
  • December 07, 2009 | 82 (# of comments)
    TSA has learned that an outdated version of our Standard Operating Procedures document had been improperly posted to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site. TSA took swift action to remove the document when this was discovered.The version of...
  • September 08, 2009 | 97 (# of comments)
    TSA is enhancing its ability to test powder at checkpoints across the nation. We haven’t received any specific threats that led us to this new procedure but certain types of powders can be used in improvised explosive devices (IED) so it just makes...
  • September 02, 2009 | 81 (# of comments)
    I’m a former "professional" musician - now it’s just a hobby - and I can understand the fears of musicians who are traveling with their precious gear.Trust me... musicians aren’t just being picky. Each instrument has its own feel and tone and...
  • June 22, 2009 | 226 (# of comments)
    In April, I blogged about an incident in St. Louis where a passenger’s cash box was searched.Since this is in the news again, I thought I would write a quick recap with some updates.On March 29th, a metal box containing a large amount of coins and...
  • May 19, 2009 | 184 (# of comments)
    This question keeps popping up on our blog as well as other forums around the internet. Will children be screened by Whole Body Imagers (WBI)?Yes and no.Anybody can opt out of WBI screening. Adults, children, Klingons, etc… If you opt out of WBI...
  • May 14, 2009 | 194 (# of comments)
    Starting this week, officers will be asking passengers to put their shoes directly on the X-ray belt instead of in a bin at the checkpoint. This will help to declutter bins and give officers a better view of shoes coming through, as well as...
  • April 27, 2009 | 56 (# of comments)
    I’ve been reading some statements around the web about a recent incident at Piedmont Triad Airport (PTI) in North Carolina involving dirt and fossils being mistaken for a possible bomb.To the flying public, I fully understand that it has to seem...

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