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  • 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...
  • April 09, 2009 | 60 (# of comments)
    We’ve received some e-mails as well as several blog comments asking us to address the Scabies incident at Boston Logan International Airport.You just never know what you’re going to write about around here. Formaldehyde , tin mint cans , frozen...
  • April 03, 2009 | 358 (# of comments)
    At approximately 6:50 p.m. on March 29, 2009, a metal box alarmed the X-ray machine at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, triggering the need for additional screening. Because the box contained a number of items including a large amount of...
  • March 20, 2009 | 149 (# of comments)
    Many travelers have noticed that strange things are afoot at departure gates across the nation. Should you pack your tinfoil hats ? Nope… Save them for December 21, 2012 when the Martians attack.Anybody who keeps up with TSA knows that static...
  • February 09, 2009 | 113 (# of comments)
    On February 4 at Los Angeles International Airport (better known as LAX), TSA officers found two 6x6x2 packages taped to the abdomen of a passenger.The passenger arrived at the checkpoint in a wheelchair and was given the option of walking through...
  • November 19, 2008 | 115 (# of comments)
     Starting today, the Ad Council will launch the “Why?” campaign . The campaign will explain the reasons behind some of TSA’s most controversial security procedures. The goal of this public awareness effort is to reach the largest audience possible...
  • November 10, 2008 | 145 (# of comments)
    The Diamond Self Select Program [link ] started back in February 2008 at Salt Lake City International Airport and is now operating in 48 airports. The program allows passengers to proceed through the security checkpoint at their own pace by...
  • October 24, 2008 | 168 (# of comments)
    When it comes to liquids, everybody involved with checkpoint operations -- passengers, airlines, airports, and TSA employees -- agrees that there has to be a better way. Here’s my take on the path forward.For this discussion, I am using “liquids” as...
  • October 03, 2008 | 158 (# of comments)
    TSA is aware that the current liquid restrictions are a pain point for the public. That is one reason why the agency is working aggressively to deploy technology that can detect liquid explosives. The primary reason is: better security.As the Middle...
  • August 04, 2008 | 156 (# of comments)
    Here are the top ten questions we received from our recent request. We tallied the number of times we received each question or a similar version of it and noted the total for each question below. Thanks to the Office of Chief Counsel, Privacy...

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