Articles tagged “tsa”

TSA Shifting Focus to Public Areas Outside Security Checkpoints

TSA Shifting Focus to Public Areas Outside Security Checkpoints

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It looks like airport check-in and baggage claim areas are the next target for improved security in the U.S. following a string of attacks in Europe. Given the TSA's recent problems staffing security checkpoints, the organization could become stretched even more thinly.

2 months ago

TSA Found Record-Breaking Number of Guns at Checkpoints in 2017

TSA Found Record-Breaking Number of Guns at Checkpoints in 2017

Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg

More flyers are heading to the airport with their guns in tow across the U.S., and 84 percent of those found by the TSA last year were loaded. This doesn't bode well for airport security in 2018.

3 months ago

TripIt Can Now Tell You When to Leave the House for Your Flight

TripIt Can Now Tell You When to Leave the House for Your Flight

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

It's fairly shocking to see that TripIt, which lives deep in the belly of Concur and SAP, is still innovating. We had given TripIt up for dead, but there appears to be a pulse.

3 months ago

Ex-NJ Governor Christie Forced to Use Regular TSA Line at Newark’s Awful Terminal B

Ex-NJ Governor Christie Forced to Use Regular TSA Line at Newark’s Awful Terminal B

Elise Young, Bloomberg

We have no industry-specific insight here, just a supreme joy at seeing a person run face first into a transportation tragedy of their own making. Next stop: Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

3 months ago

TSA Wasn’t Prepared for the Popularity of Its PreCheck Program

TSA Wasn’t Prepared for the Popularity of Its PreCheck Program

Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg

The TSA is facing bureaucratic issues because travelers are tired of waiting on lengthy airport security lines. Perhaps merging PreCheck and Global Entry, as authorities are reportedly considering, could help clear up this bottleneck. It could also make things way worse.

5 months ago

Americans Agree That the TSA and U.S. Airports Are Getting Better, Except in New York

Americans Agree That the TSA and U.S. Airports Are Getting Better, Except in New York

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Americans are finally unified on something, and we have the utter incompetence of New York and New Jersey’s hopelessly corrupt Port Authority to thank for this rare moment of bipartisanship.

7 months ago

Pittsburgh Airport Is Letting Non-Ticketed Visitors Through Security to Make the Place a Destination

Pittsburgh Airport Is Letting Non-Ticketed Visitors Through Security to Make the Place a Destination

Nikki Ekstein , Bloomberg

As long as the non-ticketed visitors don't add to wait times for passengers, this sounds like a good opportunity to boost revenue and customer satisfaction while keeping security precautions in place. But it would be hard to see the idea working at airports that deal with bigger crowds and smaller spaces.

8 months ago

U.S. Flyers Will Soon Have to Separate Large Electronics at Security Checkpoints

U.S. Flyers Will Soon Have to Separate Large Electronics at Security Checkpoints

Associated Press

This security change will slow down airport security lines and lead to some confusion at TSA security checkpoints. It represents a middle ground after attempts to ban large electronics completely from aircraft cabins, representing something of a win for U.S. passengers.

9 months ago

TSA Tries Using Checked-Luggage Scanner for Carry-Ons

TSA Tries Using Checked-Luggage Scanner for Carry-Ons

David Koenig, Associated Press

Experimenting with technology that is usually used for scanning checked luggage on carry-ons instead is one way the TSA is working to increase security without a laptop ban on international flights.

10 months ago

TSA Tests Fingerprint Scans at U.S. Airports to Replace IDs

TSA Tests Fingerprint Scans at U.S. Airports to Replace IDs

Michael Sasso and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

While some passengers may worry about privacy, this is a good development. The current system, in which an officer must compare a picture on an ID with a traveler, is not the most reliable. Humans make mistakes. This is a better approach.

11 months ago

Laptop Bans Would Be Unnecessary if Future Airport Scanners Live Up to Their Promise

Laptop Bans Would Be Unnecessary if Future Airport Scanners Live Up to Their Promise

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The technology is already available to thwart any perceived threats from bombs hidden in laptops but bureaucracy could slow implementation for years.

11 months ago

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

TSA is Asking Some Travelers to Remove Smaller Electronics from Bags for Screening

Associated Press

This sounds arduous for passengers, but TSA has been testing it for more than a year, and there hasn't been much of an outcry. That probably means it's not that big of a deal.

11 months ago