As readers know, we’ve been covering the incident at the Ft. Lauderdale airport wherein an 18-month-old baby named Riyanna was reportedly flagged as being on the No-Fly list and, along with her parents, was ordered off the Newark-bound JetBlue aircraft. Baby and parents were already seated, having been issued boarding passes. Continue reading “JetBlue responds to letter about baby “terrorist suspect””
Earlier this year, TSA News wrote about an RFI (request for information) issued by the TSA to companies that produce dosimeters — devices that measure radiation exposure. Continue reading “TSA’s radiation dosimeters: where are they?”
A story Monday revealed that the TSA has been underreporting the number of security breaches at airports, concealing nearly half of the events from top management. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) had demanded an explanation last year after a number of breaches at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) were reported in the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The TSA redacted a significant portion of the official report, claiming that revealing the full extent of the security breaches would compromise security. Continue reading “TSA’s Pinocchio Syndrome”
It seems they’ll be expanding the duties of those unskilled workers they hire to man the TSA checkpoints, increasing their duties to cutting you open to make sure you aren’t packin’. Via MSNBC: Continue reading “TSA: exploratory surgery before boarding?”
UPDATE added Sept 14, 2012: This blank space used to contain a video of Senator Dianne Feinstein on Fox News Sunday on May 13, 2012. The video has since disappeared. Accordingly, here’s a transcript of Feinstein’s appearance. -LS
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. She voted for the Patriot Act and has voted for it again every time its reauthorization has come up. Likewise, she has consistently voted against requiring FISA court warrants before the government wiretaps Americans at home or abroad.
When it comes to the TSA, you may know less than you think.
I was reminded of that last week when I heard from Sergei Shevchuk, a reader who was flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Delta Air Lines.
Continue reading “What do you really know about the TSA?”
“Our mission is to bring humanity back to air travel . . . .” — From the JetBlue Facebook page Continue reading “Letter to JetBlue about baby “terrorist suspect””
An 18-month-old baby girl had cleared security at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and, along with her parents, had already boarded the JetBlue flight when an airline representative advised the family that the TSA wanted her to get off the plane (emphasis mine): Continue reading “Baby ordered off plane: JetBlue’s or TSA’s fault? TWO UPDATES”
There are several reports out about the fact that the TSA may have deliberately hidden millions of dollars’ worth of unused equipment and lied about it to Congress. Such lying could make TSA officials subject to criminal prosecution. Continue reading “Did TSA lie to Congress?”
In predictable fashion, the nation’s security apparatus reacted this week to impassioned calls for John Pistole to resign and the TSA to be dismantled with yet another bomb scare. Continue reading “The TSA would have missed the bomb the CIA found”