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Random, Unpredictable Airport Security That's Not Always Awful? Only in America

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.17.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The government encourages "random and unpredictable" airport security, which means that it's in the TSA's best interests to have one airport that passengers actually like and another that's universally hated.

The Five Kinds Of People You Meet At An Airport Screening Area

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Shouldn't our taxpayer-supported federal screeners be making the process easier instead of harder? At the very least, shouldn't the TSA try to do a better job of telling one group apart from the other?

Does America Have A Secret Crush On The TSA?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.07.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Yes, terrorists have been stopped, but neither the underwear bomber nor the shoe bomber were apprehended by the TSA. They were stopped by alert passengers.

Love The TSA? Here's The Cure For That

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.30.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

At a time when the federal agency assigned to protect America's transportation systems can least afford it, there was another dust-up involving a young passenger.

Breaking The 'Code Of Silence' At The Airport

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Why do people keep their mouths closed when they feel violated? A combination of powerful motivators keeps air travelers quiet. Only by understanding these influences can we end them.

WATCH: How To Change the TSA

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.29.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Here's a question everyone should be asking after last week's stunning verdict against Andrea Abbott, the Nashville mother who tried to stop TSA agents from patting down her teenage daughter: Where do travelers turn when they have a legitimate grievance against the agency charged with protecting America's transportation systems?

WATCH: How To Kill The TSA's Body Scanners

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.22.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The TSA has forced air travelers to make a preposterous choice between a full-body scan, which potentially exposes you to harmful radiation, and an "enhanced" pat-down, for the last two years. For me, it was always an easy call to make: pat me down if you have to, but don't microwave me.

WATCH: The Problem With TSA Pat-Downs

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.15.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

He said it's all for show. "It's like a circus," he told me.

VIDEO: Why Does Everyone Hate The TSA?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.26.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Before 9/11, American airport screeners had a reputation for being poorly-educated and incompetent, but otherwise harmless. Now they have a reputation for being poorly-educated and incompetent, but they wear badges and call themselves "officers" and they aren't so harmless anymore.

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?

Lucia Graves

Republican Politico Calls For 'Profiling' Not 'Pat-Downs' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called Monday for a probe into methods employed by Transportation Security Administration agents, suggestin...

Heavy Patting: Turkey Day and the TSA

Caprice Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Caprice Crane

With all of the recent controversy and negative press TSA has been getting, you're bound to be a little concerned over pat-downs and your privacy. I'm here to tell you that you could, and should, make it enjoyable.

George W. Bush Makes Pat-Down Joke On Leno (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

George W. Bush's appearance on last night's "Tonight Show" was an interesting one. Jay Leno and the former president didn't just discuss his new book ...

TSA Partners With

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sally Kohn

WASHINGTON, DC (Movement Vision Lab) --- Ending days of suspense about the utility of Transportation Security Administration officials copping feels o...

Hold Firm TSA; We're With You

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Josh Shahryar

Dear TSA: In the fight to keep America safe, don't leave a single boob unturned. And next time you see a well-endowed man, remember, it could be a stick of dynamite.

"Don't Touch Me There": Mood Music for Your Next TSA Pat-Down

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

The TSA is apparently taking a very hands-on approach to airport security these days with their new and supposedly improved pat-downs. Here then is some loosely fitting mood music for your next airport close encounter.