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New TSA Chief Aims To Tighten U.S. Airline Screening

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - The Transportation Security Administration plans to retrain thousands of airport screeners to detect weapons better, s...

Ryan J. Reilly

Video Shows It Can Take Just 2 Seconds To Hijack A Plane | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A video produced by anonymous airline employees is circulating around Capitol Hill, meant to show members of Congress that airplane cock...

Michael McAuliff

Widow Of 9/11 Pilot Calls Airline Security Plan An 'Insult' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ellen Saracini became an airline security advocate in the hardest way possible. She lost her husband, Victor, on Sept. 11, 2001, when hi...

Why The Window Seat Is Always Better

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The airplane flights that do the grunt work of your trip, that allow you to get from place to place, are a sort of forgettable magic that, if you are like me, you do not record in your diary or photograph.

What You Can (And Can't) Carry Through TSA Checkpoints

Dane Steele Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

So what exactly can you get away with? A quick run-through through the TSA's Prohibited Items list hints at a surprising irony: Much of what is removed from carry-ons is perfectly legal if declared and packed in luggage that is checked and stowed.

Man Accused Of Masturbating Mid-Flight Is A Former Priest

Posted 09.12.2012 | Denver

The Nevada man who was arrested over the weekend at Denver International Airport for allegedly viewing Internet pornography and masturbating mid-fligh...

Passenger Arrested After Watching Porn On Plane

Posted 09.10.2012 | Denver

A Nevada passenger was arrested Saturday night at Denver International Airport after he was caught by another passenger viewing pornography in-flight ...

On That JetBlue Captain Mayhem

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.28.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

This story strikes me as terribly tragic and eerily reminiscent of what happened to a friend of mine, an experienced airline pilot.

Did The TSA Just Make Air Travel A Little Bit More Dangerous?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.20.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Maybe instead of a foolish process of elimination, which still leaves a small but not insignificant risk, the government should reverse its approach. Instead of thinking of air travelers as guilty of terrorism until proven innocent, why not think of us as innocent until proven guilty?

TSA Tries To Soothe Holiday Travelers

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.28.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

TSA Administrator John Pistole was busy making the rounds during Thanksgiving week, trying to assure holiday air travelers that their screening experience would be better than last year. Which it was, thankfully.

Come Fly With Me? Not Like It Used to Be

Monica Medina | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Monica Medina

Nowadays, flying is no longer a getaway adventure. It's more of a sentence or a banishment to the not so friendly skies.

Andrea Stone

Talk To Me: TSA Wants To Know Where You Have Been, Where You Are Going | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

BOSTON -- Katherine Dombrowski wasn't expecting a quiz as she waited in the TSA security line at Boston's Logan International Airport. But that's what...

Fear of Flying: Crazy Right Can't Get It Right

Dan Collins | Posted 09.13.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

I can't help noticing that a lot of the furor over airport pat-down policies has come from the crazy right. The same people will be the first to loudly denounce the Obama administration for any breach in airport security.

Southwest Airlines Apologizes To Muslim Passenger

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service Southwest Airlines has apologized to a Muslim woman who claims she was removed from a flight from San Diego on...

Praying On Planes: Rights And Responsibilities

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Our freedom to pray in the public square comes with parallel obligations: we must communicate with others so they can understand and we must understand how our obligations should change so we can co-exist with others.

Understanding: The Most Forgotten Weapon In The War on Terror

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

The case of Alaskan Airlines 241 reminds us that while tefillin are not a security threat, ignorance is. It's troubling when airline personnel have no idea how to distinguish between a genuine threat and an unusual practice.

The Tefillin Bomber Strikes Again

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I wonder what the next mode of transportation will be that reports a security threat when a Jewish person starts to pray. Truthfully, this can be avoided with some education

Pat-down Protesters Tangled With the TSA Online

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

The TSA's website hosts a fellow nicknamed "Blogger Bob" who's responsible for debunking perceived myths about airport security. Sometimes Bob is right. Other times the TSA doesn't help itself by appearing to muddy the truth further.

Cast of Glee to Administer TSA Pat-Downs

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In the wake of complaints about tighter airport security measures, the TSA has announced that the cast of TV's hit show Glee will be randomly administering pat-downs to airline travelers who opt out of using full-body scanners.

Sikhs Call Airport Screening For Turbans 'Security Theater'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of three Sikh organizations say they've been told by federal transportation officia...

Inhofe: 'I Believe In Racial And Ethnic Profiling"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) knows he's not politically correct, but he doesn't care: "I believe in racial and ethnic profiling," the GOP senator annou...

Inhofe: 'I Believe In Racial And Ethnic Profiling"

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Not many senators are willing to own up to this, but here's Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in today's Fort Hood hearing in the Armed Services Committee. ...

The Butt Bomb: New Security May Force Al Qaeda To Extreme Lengths

The New Republic | Michael Crowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even a pat-down thorough enough to simulate foreplay, however, won't protect us completely--not from a threat that sounds even more absurd than an und...