TSA Allows Unionization, But Not on Pay and Benefits

By: Friday February 4, 2011 1:06 pm

One area of the FAA authorization bill that has caused significant debate in the Senate concerns worker rules. An amendment yesterday that went down would have limiting Davis-Bacon “prevailing wage” rules in the airport construction projects authorized by the bill (noticeably, Mark Kirk and Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats on that one). Rand Paul [...]

TSA Tests Less Invasive Body Scanner Software

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:26 am

During the “Don’t Touch My Junk” brouhaha, many observed that the technology already existed for scans that produced essentially a stick figure instead of a precise snapshot of the body. At the time, I recall TSA saying such software was months if not years away. A couple months later, they’re testing it out. As the [...]

TSA Administrator Pistole: No New Procedures for Screening for the Moment

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 2:44 pm

John Pistole, the TSA Administrator, spoke to reporters on a conference call just now, and confirmed that in general, no changes to airport security procedures have been instituted since the outcry over the Rapiscan full-body scanning machine and the aggressive pat-downs. He did say, however, that some of the complaints he’s heard about the pat-downs [...]

Establishment Media Tells Airline Travelers to Shut Up

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 8:10 am

Traditional media has definitely circled the wagons on the whole TSA story, ay? Editorial boards across the country are telling their readers to “Shut up and be scanned”, in some cases literally. Columnists are going out of their way to downplay the matter (using that 3% number from TSA, which isn’t actually consoling. And Lord [...]

TSA Bends a Bit on New Pat-Down Procedures

By: Monday November 22, 2010 10:45 am

The Transportation Security Administration has begun to buckle under the pressure of the “gate rape” allegations and mass outcry. Making the rounds on the morning shows today, TSA Administrator John Pistole, for the first time, acknowledged that they were looking at ways to make the new pat-downs “as minimally invasive as possible”. However, Pistole emphasized [...]

Mica Begs Passengers Not to Opt Out of Porno Scanners

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 4:13 pm

John Mica (R-FL), the incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee, has reduced himself to begging the public against Opt-Out Day. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) urged airline passengers Sunday to not purposefully slow down airport security lines by refusing to go through body scanners. Likely the next House Transportation Committee chairman, Mica said he could [...]

TSA Administrator Acknowledges “Invasive” Pat-Downs, Screeners

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 11:01 am

The head of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged in a Congressional hearing today that the new pat-downs being used by TSA personnel were “more invasive” than previous procedures. Numerous Americans have complained about the pat-downs, which border on sexual assault, inducing shame and humiliation in the traveler. Later in the hearing, TSA Administrator John Pistole [...]

Passenger Anger Over Full-Body Scanners, Pat-Downs Erupts

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 6:51 am

I flew through Pittsburgh, PA back in October, and had my first encounter with the full-body scanner. Outside of grumbling that it took quite a long time to get through the system and that TSA didn’t seem to have a good grasp of how to use the machines without getting a lot of false positives, [...]

Qatari Diplomat Taken Into Custody On DC-Denver Flight

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 7:37 pm

United Flight 663, a flight from Reagan Airport in DC to Denver, landed safely at the Denver Airport last night with F-16 accompaniment, and a man who allegedly told an air marshal he was trying to set his shoes on fire was taken into custody. ABC News makes this sound like the man, a Qatari [...]

TSA Drops Their Subpoenas For Two Bloggers

By: Friday January 1, 2010 11:11 am

Good work, everyone. The story of two bloggers receiving subpoenas by the Transportation Security Administration for posting new security guidelines provoked outrage among journalists, civil liberties advocates and others. A couple days after issuing the subpoenas, however, the TSA has dropped them. The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped the subpoenas it had issued to [...]

Bloggers Subpoenaed By TSA: Federal Shield Law, Anyone?

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 11:16 am

The Transportation Security Administration is sending agents to the homes of bloggers, intimidating them into revealing their sources for a leak of the TSA’s enhanced security procedures following the failed Christmas Day terror attack. Two days later, agents for the TSA, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, visited both men at home, and [...]

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