Articles tagged “tsa”

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

The TSA Plans to Use More Biometrics at Airport Security Checkpoints

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

We hear good things about the reliability of facial scans at airports with one exception. JetBlue Airways reports that the system in place at its terminals is not as effective with the oldest travelers as it is with everyone else.

1 month ago

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

New airport scanners for carry-on bags use computed tomography X-rays, which give much better views of what's inside. But their cost is astronomical. Don't expect all of your local airport's scanners replaced anytime soon.

2 months ago

TSA Mulls Proposal to End Security Screenings at Small Airports

TSA Mulls Proposal to End Security Screenings at Small Airports

Associated Press

The TSA has been stretched thin in recent years even as security theater has seemingly ramped up at major U.S. airports. Given the high state of fear in U.S. politics right now, though, it's unlikely anything will come of this proposal.

4 months ago

TSA Is Testing Scanners That Could Let Travelers Bring Liquids Into Airports

TSA Is Testing Scanners That Could Let Travelers Bring Liquids Into Airports

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Many travelers would celebrate if they were able to take their water bottles, full-sized toiletries, or other liquids larger than 3 ounces through security.

4 months ago

Fourth of July on Tap To Be Busiest Air Travel Day in U.S. History

Fourth of July on Tap To Be Busiest Air Travel Day in U.S. History

Mehr Nadeem, Bloomberg

Many U.S. travelers have become accustomed to long security lines in recent years but new technologies could make the experience somewhat faster and more bearable this summer.

5 months ago

U.S. Airport Security Cracks Down On Powders in Carry-On Bags

U.S. Airport Security Cracks Down On Powders in Carry-On Bags

Mehr Nadeem, Bloomberg

Security is important, but the list of banned items in carry-on bags is getting ridiculous. We keep hearing about next-generation security screening measures that will make many of these bans obsolete. When will those come to market?

5 months ago

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.

8 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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.

1 year ago