Articles tagged “tsa”

Internal Documents Show Undercover TSA Officers Routinely Spy on Flyers

Internal Documents Show Undercover TSA Officers Routinely Spy on Flyers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

For years, the TSA has been running a program covertly tracking passengers while at the airport and judging them against subjective criteria for signs of terrorist intent. The program has led to racial and religious profiling, which the TSA has tried to hide from the public record.

3 weeks ago

TSA Is Still Understaffed and Can’t Hire New Officers After Trump Orders

TSA Is Still Understaffed and Can’t Hire New Officers After Trump Orders

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

With the TSA caught up in a federal hiring freeze, we could see a return to last summer's security line debacle for flyers. Not to mention the potential impact of airports overwhelmed by hundreds or thousands of protestors.

3 weeks ago

TSA Will ‘Significantly Reduce’ Access to Precheck Lanes for Non-Members

TSA Will ‘Significantly Reduce’ Access to Precheck Lanes for Non-Members

Brian Sumers, Skift

Starting next month, TSA will limit the number of travelers who receive access to Precheck security lanes without joining the program. But the TSA is being cagey about exactly what this means, so we'll have to wait until February to see how this affects airport lines.

4 weeks ago

The TSA Found the Most Guns at These U.S. Airports in 2016

The TSA Found the Most Guns at These U.S. Airports in 2016

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The TSA is likely doing a better job identifying firearms at a time when more and more irresponsible gun owners are either purposefully or mistakenly attempting to smuggle them onboard.

1 month ago

President-Elect Trump Picks a Retired Marine to Manage U.S. Borders and the TSA

President-Elect Trump Picks a Retired Marine to Manage U.S. Borders and the TSA

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Prospective nominee Major Gen. John Kelly as Department of Homeland Security secretary certainly has experience in border protection and could play a key role if President-Elect Trump cracks down on immigration, illegal and legal. Kelly's views on airport security and the TSA have yet to be articulated but privatization efforts would not be surprising.

3 months ago

Airport Security Lanes Get Automated Bins in Time for Thanksgiving Crush

Airport Security Lanes Get Automated Bins in Time for Thanksgiving Crush

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

We'll wait to see how these new types of security lanes work in practice during the peak holiday period before judging them. Will these larger bins, automated so passengers don't need to feed them into X-ray machines, really remove bottlenecks? It will take time for flyers to get used to the whole thing.

3 months ago

U.S. Travel and Members of Congress Have a Plan to Modernize the TSA

U.S. Travel and Members of Congress Have a Plan to Modernize the TSA

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

A plan to reform the TSA is all well and good, but executing such a far-reaching vision of improving the government agency will require continuity in TSA leadership and a concerted effort from Congress to continue a culture shift in the agency.

3 months ago

More People Will Fly This Thanksgiving, But Airlines Expect Manageable Lines

More People Will Fly This Thanksgiving, But Airlines Expect Manageable Lines

Associated Press

Airlines think there won't be a repeat of this spring's long security line nightmare over Thanksgiving because more people have signed up for expedited screening programs. Here's hoping those fast lanes are adequately staffed.

4 months ago

The Future of Airport Security Is CT Scans and Smarter Lines

The Future of Airport Security Is CT Scans and Smarter Lines

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Airport security is constantly challenged by the multiple parties involved — airlines, local authorities, and the feds — that prevent a nationwide strategy from really working.

4 months ago

TSA’s Facebook Messenger Service Is Much Better Than You’d Expect

TSA’s Facebook Messenger Service Is Much Better Than You’d Expect

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The AskTSA team did a surprisingly good job answering our queries on Facebook Messenger. But if you're expecting prompt responses on your way to the airport, you may not hear back in time.

4 months ago

New Bill Would Bring Terrorist Watch List Check to U.S. Rail Travel

New Bill Would Bring Terrorist Watch List Check to U.S. Rail Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

If this bill passes, it looks like ridiculously long security lines could hit U.S. train stations in coming years.

5 months ago

TSA Lines May Return In October Without Better Government Funding

TSA Lines May Return In October Without Better Government Funding

Grant Martin, Skift

Long lines at the airport may return if congress is unable to come to terms with budgets that make sense.

5 months ago