TSA: Don’t leave loaded guns in carry-on bags
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is reminding flyers to not leave guns in their carry-ons after seeing a sudden uptick in firearms found in luggage in eastern...
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Florida man's plans to bring a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher back home were shot down after security screeners at a Pennsylvania airport spotted the...
Man brings loaded handgun to Boston airport
BOSTON (AP) — Police have arrested a New Hampshire man they say brought a loaded handgun to Boston's Logan International Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration says the Salem,...
Proposal would pay TSA screeners during government shutdowns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several lawmakers are pushing a proposal to make sure airport security screeners get paid during future government shutdowns.
The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Wednesday their legislation would require that all money from security fees on airline tickets go only for aviation security. It would let the Transportation Security Administration use the money to pay screeners during a break in TSA appropriations.
Dozens of firearms seized at Tennessee airports in 2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal transportation officials say dozens of firearms were seized in Tennessee's largest airports last year.
The Transportation Security Administration said on its website that Nashville International Airport ranked No. 10 in the country with 86 firearms seized at security checkpoints last year.
TSA says three smoke grenades were discovered in a checked bag at the Nashville airport Nov. 19.
59 guns, inactive grenade found at Las Vegas airport in 2018
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Airport screeners in Las Vegas found 59 guns and an inactive grenade in passengers' carry-on luggage last year.
Figures released by the Transportation Security Administration show the total number of firearms found in carry-on bags at McCarran International Airport represented a slight drop compared with 2017, when 62 firearms were discovered. Nationwide, the trend went the opposite way.
TSA reports dip in guns stopped at 4 upstate NY airports
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal security officers caught 14 handguns last year at checkpoints in four upstate New York airports. That's a decrease of two from the previous year.
The Transportation Security Administration says only Buffalo Niagara International Airport saw an increase, from three to seven guns caught. Albany International had a decrease from six to three guns, Rochester a decrease from four to two, and Syracuse a decrease from three to two.
TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida's busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours, grounded flights and caused serious delays.
Panicked passengers rushed past checkpoints leading to about half of the gates at Orlando International Airport after the man jumped, resulting in checkpoint closures for up to three hours and some flight cancelations.
High wait times at Atlanta airport 9 days before Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — The world's busiest airport is experiencing long wait times to get through security just nine days before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had maximum wait times Thursday of 42 minutes, the highest of the nation's top 42 airports, The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Friday.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had the second-longest wait time, of 19 minutes.
Head of TSA operations in state praises workers still on job
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of Transportation Security Administration operations for Ohio has praised workers remaining on the job amid the government shutdown.
TSA employees will have missed two paychecks if the shutdown continues Friday.
American Airlines posts $319 million profit on solid demand
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines said Thursday that it earned a fourth-quarter profit of $319 million, slightly higher than analysts expected, as strong travel demand helped the carrier overcome higher fuel prices.
American's shares rose 6 percent in morning trading.
Airline executives said the partial government shutdown has hurt bookings, but that sales to other customers including key corporate travelers has remained strong.
No major TSA disruptions at Spokane airport
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane International Airport is reporting business as usual despite a record number of Transportation Security Administration workers calling in sick nationally due to the partial government shutdown.
Unless the shutdown comes to an end, this Friday will mark the second paycheck missed by 800,000 government workers.
The Spokesman-Review reports the number of TSA sickouts nationally reached 10 percent on Sunday.
TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend
The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago.
Citing staff, security checkpoint closed at Maryland airport
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport says it expects "minimal, if any" problems for passengers since a security checkpoint closed because of staffing issues due to the federal government shutdown.
The Latest: TSA adds personnel to Newark, N.J., airport
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the travel industry (all times local):
Federal officials are sending extra security screeners to beef up staffing at checkpoints at the airport in Newark, New Jersey.
A Transportation Security Administration spokesman confirmed the move Friday but didn't give numbers. An airport official says TSA is sending 10 more people.
TSA agents rally at Pittsburgh airport, urge end to shutdown
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Transportation Security Administration workers are venting frustration with the current government shutdown at a rally inside the Pittsburgh airport.
The rally, organized by union leaders representing the 450 TSA workers in Pennsylvania, got underway Friday morning at the Pittsburgh International Airport's ticketing level.
TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday’s peak
TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds.
The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that 6.1 percent of its airport screeners missed work Wednesday.
- The Spokesman-ReviewTSA to Spokane airport passengers: Stop trying to sneak loaded guns on planes in carry-on luggageMarch 12, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewTSA notes uptick in Spokane passengers trying to bring guns on flightsMarch 12, 2019
- The Washington Times1,000+ TSA workers still owed back pay from partial government shutdownMarch 1, 2019
- Post-BulletinFrequent flier? You can enroll for TSA PreCheck hereFebruary 17, 2019
Florida airports helping federal workers during shutdown
MIAMI (AP) — Florida airports are helping federal workers who aren't getting paid during the government shutdown by offering free food, holding a food drive and opening a food bank.
At Miami International Airport, Wilkinson Sejour, owner of the Haitian restaurant Chef Creole, started giving away free meals Monday to federal workers at the airport who are among the 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown that began Dec. 22.
Orlando airport collecting donations for federal workers
MIAMI (AP) — Orlando International Airport is trying to help federal workers there who aren't getting paid during the government shutdown.
The airport in central Florida is accepting food and toiletry donations from the public Wednesday. Other airport workers can donate food, baby supplies and toiletries Tuesday and Wednesday.
The donated items will be given workers with the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
No. of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown
ATLANTA (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.
TSA: Tokyo-bound passenger with gun undetected in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has acknowledged that a passenger bound for Tokyo passed through security in Atlanta with an undetected gun.
News outlets cite an agency statement saying the passenger passed through "a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm" at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Jan. 2. The passenger notified Delta Airlines officials after landing at Tokyo's Narita International Airport.
Miami airport to reopen terminal amid government shutdown
MIAMI (AP) — Miami International Airport officials say they'll reopen a terminal Monday that was closed part of the weekend amid a staff shortage caused by the partial government shutdown.
Airport spokesman Greg Chin told news outlets Sunday Concourse G will resume operations Monday after closing for parts of Saturday and Sunday. The airport didn't have enough Transportation Security Administration agents to staff the security checkpoint.
Chin says the checkpoint will be fully staffed Monday.
Despite shutdown, almost 200 attend TSA Tennessee jobs event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A day after its officers went without a paycheck for the first time during the government shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration drew in almost 200 people still interested in the airport security job during a fast-track hiring event Saturday in Tennessee.
Joshua Paders, a 31-year-old who attended the event, said he would still take a TSA position if he's hired and the government remains shut down and he wouldn't be getting a paycheck right away.
US workers say they are struggling to survive shutdown
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officer Ellen Jackson is planning to retire in April, but as one of about 800,000 U.S. workers going without pay Friday amid the partial government shutdown, the 59-year-old said she's driving-full time for a ride-share company to get by.
"I don't want to borrow any money," said Jackson, an Air Force veteran who said she makes about $38,000 annually. "I don't want to get into a deeper hole."
Airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work
NEW YORK (AP) — The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown .
Employees of the Transportation Security Administration are expected to work without pay during the shutdown because their jobs are considered essential.
Denver airport first to use new TSA full-body scanner
DENVER (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints.
The Colorado Sun reports airport CEO Kim Day says the Denver airport is the first in the country to pilot the technology.
Boise TSA spots 3 loaded firearms in carry-ons in 3 days
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say three men in a three-day period have tried to pass through Boise Airport security with loaded handguns in their carry-on luggage.
The Idaho Statesman reports the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers in a news release Thursday that it's prohibited to bring a loaded firearm on an airplane in carry-on luggage.
Mayor’s aides suspended for bypassing TSA airport security
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two top officials for the mayor of Cleveland have been suspended for bypassing airport security at the city-owned airport.
Police: Unaccompanied boy tries to board plane without pass
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy got through airport security in Atlanta without a boarding pass and tried to make it on a plane.
The Transportation Security Administration tells news outlets in a statement the boy tried to board a plane Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before authorities found him. The TSA says it wasn't a security breach because officers screened him.
Loaded gun found at Milwaukee airport is 9th firearm in 2018
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Transportation Security Administration agents discovered a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport.
Officials say the .380 Ruger was loaded with six rounds and was discovered during screening at a security checkpoint Wednesday. WITI-TV says Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies confiscated the weapon.
TSA officers buy shirt for boy traveling to Denver
NEW YORK (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers in New York bought a shirt for a shirtless boy who was traveling to Denver.
The TSA says the boy and his father arrived at a checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday and officers noticed the child did not have a shirt when he removed his coat for screening. The father told officers all their clothes were in a checked bag and he didn't realize his son wasn't wearing a shirt.
Miami is 1 of 2 airports testing new security system
MIAMI (AP) — Miami International Airport is one of two airports picked by the TSA to test out a new security system meant to stop intruders.
The airport said in a statement Tuesday that lessons learned from the pilot program in Miami and at San Jose International Airport will be applied by the Transportation Security Administration at other airports nationwide.
Muslim woman says TSA subjected her to inappropriate search
BOSTON (AP) — A Muslim woman has filed a complaint against the Transportation Security Administration alleging that a search she was subjected to at Boston's airport "bordered on sexual assault."
The complaint was filed with the TSA on Wednesday by the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
TSA: Loaded gun found in Alabama man’s luggage at DC airport
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities say they found a loaded gun in an Alabama man's luggage at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Washington Post reports airport police say Transportation Security Administration officers found the gun Wednesday inside 27-year-old Neal Mock's carry-on bag.
TSA officer accepts child’s dance challenge
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration officer showed he has some moves as he processed a family of five through security at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
Officer Joshua McCall admired how one of the three children danced and the boy challenged McCall to a dance-off.
In a video that TSA posted on Instagram, the officer is shown keeping up with the boy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former Transportation Security Administration officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy and gun charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release 50-year-old James Blunder of Charlotte was sentenced Tuesday after his conviction in July 2017.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights organization said Tuesday it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government's terror watch list system, including a newly disclosed program in which air marshals have secretly monitored air passengers with no known terrorism links.
TSA considering ending screening at small airports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The TSA is considering ending screening of passengers at smaller airports across the country to focus security efforts at the largest airports.
It is unclear how advanced the proposal is and whether it will ever be adopted.
Still, aviation-security experts reacted with alarm, saying that dropping security at smaller airports could make those flights an inviting target for terrorists.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wait times are back to normal after equipment failed at three security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's main terminal on Sunday.
The airport sent a tweet around 6:30 a.m. about the problem with Transportation Security Administration equipment. The airport tweeted five hours later that the problem had been resolved and that "screening wait times have normalized."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A loaded gun has been found in a carry-on bag at an Alabama airport in for the 27th time this year.
Al.com reports Transportation Security Administration officers found the handgun Tuesday morning at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. TSA officers confiscated the gun and alerted airport police, who then escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court says airport security screeners can't be sued over alleged mistreatment because they aren't law-enforcement officers.
Judges on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concede that their decision leaves people who are mistreated by screeners with limited legal options.
MIAMI (AP) — A passenger with a python hidden inside an external hard drive was stopped from boarding a Florida plane headed to Barbados.
The summer air travel season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, which could mean lengthy lines at U.S. airport security checkpoints. But you can use the faster lanes if you belong to an expedited screening program, which could essentially be free to join with the right credit card.
If you're traveling this weekend, leave extra time for getting through the airport security line.
The TSA projected that Friday would be its busiest day ever, with agents screening more than 2.7 million people.
A spokesman cautions, however, that the number could fall short of the record if, for example, a thunderstorm shuts down a major airport for several hours.
U.S. security officials will require more screening of powdered substances in carry-on bags on international flights headed to the United States starting June 30.
A Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Wednesday that the change applies to more than 350 milliliters of powder, about the same as a soda can.
ATLANTA (AP) — A record-breaking number of guns was confiscated at Atlanta's airport last month, federal authorities said.
Thirty guns were found at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during May, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mark Howell said. That's more than previously discovered at a single airport nationwide in one month.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Boy Scout who packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag caused the shutdown of a security checkpoint at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport Thursday morning, just a day after the international terminal of the city's other major airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested at an airport in Maryland after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the man was caught Monday at a security checkpoint at BWI Airport. The TSA says the man told investigators he forgot about the .357 caliber handgun. It was loaded with bullets and found in his luggage.