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TSA clears known felon for pre-check

Ha ha ha ha! Don't you just love it when someone -- or in this case something -- gets hoist on its own petard? Not that it matters, of course; rarely does. People and organizations whose stupidity, hypocrisy, and incompetence are laid bare for all to see rarely change their ways. On the contrary, they ...read more »

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The TSA Losers Stole His Belt Buckle — For “Safety”

TSA News readers will be well familiar with the following scenario. Sean W. Malone writes at Logicology that the TSA at LAX took his favorite belt buckle because they claimed it was a "replica" of a gun.  Photo at link: What kind of a gun, you might ask? A 1950s Flash Gordon-style RAYGUN!! A fictional weapon. A child's ...read more »

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TSA confiscates (i.e., steals) “F Bomb” Paperweight

As I say so often here at TSA News, you can't make this stuff up.  Our crusaders in blue have once again saved us from certain destruction. Ever vigilant, intellectually adept, and multi-talented (seeing as how they can spot stuff to steal even as they have their hands down your pants), they discovered the above pictured ...read more »

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Why is the TSA confiscating people’s medications?

Several stories have been circulating recently about people's medications being confiscated by the TSA. In some cases, these are potentially lifesaving medications, such as nitroglycerin for heart patients or insulin for diabetics.  We've written in the past about TSA screeners messing with people's medicine and medical devices, such as the case of Savannah Barry, whose $10,000 ...read more »

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DA won’t prosecute fake TSA agent who groped women

Remember the guy who dressed up in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and blue gloves and impersonated a TSA agent in San Francisco last month? He succeeded in leading two victims into a curtained booth and groped at least one of them. Well, we don't know exactly what he did, since he was hidden. We ...read more »

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Fake TSA clerk gropes women at SFO; but hey, no harm, no foul

Ah, I love waking up to stories like this! It's like living in absurdist theater, only the people running the theater are too stupid to see it for what it is.  At San Francisco International Airport yesterday -- SFO -- you know, that airport where they have the magical will-fix-every-problem private security -- a drunken 53-year-old ...read more »

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From the “So What?” Department, TSA Division

In yet another show of pretend security provided by the TSA, they arrested a man at DTW (Detroit Metro Airport) who had a knife hidden in his shoe.  His motivation? Just guessing, but avoiding the fee for checking a bag. Or maybe he wanted to feel like James Bond. Or maybe he wanted to see if ...read more »

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Jason is back: more stories from TSA hell

Our whistleblower buddy Jason Harrington has written another exposé. We were the first site in the blabbosphere to publicize Harrington's TSA tell-all blog, called Taking Sense Away. That was two years ago. And we wrote about him several times thereafter. Since then, he's come out of hiding, first with a blockbuster cover story for Politico, and ...read more »

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Morons on parade: TSA steals “grenade-shaped” perfume bottle

I can't keep up with all these stories. They come too fast and furious, one more idiotic than the next. Although there is sometimes method to the TSA's madness, as in this case where the employees clearly wanted to steal somebody's expensive perfume. In Phoenix, Arizona, at Sky Harbor Airport, passenger Lois Lewis was carrying an ...read more »

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Person claiming to be from TSA threatens videographer

It's a truism that bureaucrats have no sense of humor. (If you doubt this, you've missed the boat somewhere along the way; but perhaps you can still learn. To wit.) A gadfly named Kelly Blackwood hosts a YouTube channel called Off The Hook Television. He posts videos on everything from Frank Zappa to South Park to ...read more »

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