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GOP Congresswoman Charged With Airport Weapons Violation

Victoria Spartz's rep says she did not realize handgun was still in her bag

(Newser) - A Republican congresswoman was charged with a weapons violation Friday after allegedly carrying a gun into Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport. GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana was on her way from the Washington, DC, area to Romania for a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

California Bill Takes On Airport Line-Cutters

As it is, a passenger who doesn't pay extra has to 'let the rich person pass you'

(Newser) - California lawmakers are considering putting an end to what some see as a class issue at airports: letting people pay to cut ahead in the line for TSA screening. "The least you can expect when you have to go through the security line at the airport is that you...

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TSA Sees Security Breaches Spike

Cases tripled from 2022, though TSA cautions most offenders don't have ill intent

(Newser) - No one likes going through airport security, but you probably like the idea of travelers sneaking through unchecked even less. It's a reality, though, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which says at least 300 people have bypassed airport security measures since March 2023, reports the Washington Post . Just...

TSA Unveils Self-Screening Security Lanes

New program is initially being tested only in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Federal airport security officials unveiled passenger self-screening lanes Wednesday at busy Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, with plans to test it for use in other cities around the country, the AP reports. The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint—initially only in Las Vegas, only for TSA PreCheck customers, and...

Ted Cruz Wants Lawmakers to Get Private Airport Screening

Measure calls for security escorts, as well

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz has an idea that could prevent any more awkward photos of a member of Congress jetting to Cancun during a time of crisis from going viral. The Texas Republican has proposed a measure that would have lawmakers receive special, expedited screening at airports out of public sight....

TSA: Man Blamed This 'Loaded Diaper' on His Girlfriend

Agency says man was cited at NYC's LaGuardia airport after 17 bullets found in disposable diaper

(Newser) - It was a loaded diaper, but not like you would think. Security officers found 17 bullets concealed inside a disposable baby diaper Wednesday at New York's LaGuardia Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said. Officers pulled the otherwise clean diaper from a passenger's carry-on bag after it triggered an...

Flying This Summer? Cut TSA Lines for Free

Clear Reserve system lets you reserve your spot at the front of TSA checkpoint queues

(Newser) - Already dreading long security lines for your next flight? There've long been services that allow you to cut those lines, but you've got to open your wallet and do a good amount of prep work for them. Now, an option for those short on funds and time: the...

New TSA Tech Assesses If 'You Are Who You Say You Are'

Pilot program is using facial recognition in 16 airports, but some are worried about privacy issues

(Newser) - A passenger walks up to an airport security checkpoint, slips an ID card into a slot, and looks into a camera atop a small screen. The screen flashes "Photo Complete," and the person walks through—all without having to hand over their identification to the Transportation Security Administration...

Leave Your 'Vampire' Straws at Home Next Time You Fly

Man arrested at Logan Airport for trying to bring titanium smoothie-sipper/tire deflator in carry-on

(Newser) - On the Szabo Inc. website , a "Vampire" straw is sold for $85, promoted as a "unique" item made of titanium that "allows the user to drink effortlessly any thick shake or smoothie." It's also "long enough to drink from any long beverage can,"...

Explosive Found in Bag at Pennsylvania Airport

Authorities say device in suitcase posed 'significant risk'

(Newser) - A man was arrested after an explosive was found in a bag checked onto a Florida-bound flight at an eastern Pennsylvania airport, federal authorities say. Marc Muffley, 40, is charged with possessing an explosive in an airport and possessing or attempting to place an explosive or incendiary device on an...

Feds Say Felon Tried to Board Plane With AR-15, Fake Badge

Multiple weapons, including taser, were found in man's luggage at Newark airport

(Newser) - A New Jersey man banned from owning weapons tried to bring several guns and fake US Marshal credentials on a flight to Florida at the end of last year, federal prosecutors say. Seretse Clouden, 42, faces multiple charges stemming from his attempt to board a flight from Newark Liberty International...

Baby Didn't Have Ticket for Flight. His Parents Left Him Behind

Tel Aviv police alerted to possible child abandonment Tuesday

(Newser) - Airport staff see a lot of weird stuff . But staff at Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv say "we didn't believe what we were seeing" Tuesday as a couple—who'd purchased two tickets for a flight out of the country—ran off to catch their flight,...

British Airports Plan to Drop Liquids Rule

Airports given June 2024 deadline to install high-tech new scanners

(Newser) - Traveling through security at most UK airports will be a lot more convenient by June 2024, the British government has promised. As at airports in the US and many other countries, British airports currently require travelers to carry liquids and items like toothpaste in containers no bigger than 100 milliliters—...

TSA Takes Man's Laptop Apart, Finds Knife

Virginia passenger faces a 'stiff federal financial civil penalty'

(Newser) - If you find that Transportation Security Administration agents are paying closer attention to your laptop the next time you fly, a man in Virginia could be to blame. The TSA says its officers found a knife "artfully concealed" inside a man's laptop at Richmond International Airport last Friday,...

TSA Calls 'Personal Fowl' on Unusual Security Find

Firearm discovered shoved inside a raw chicken at Florida's Fort Lauderdale airport

(Newser) - Security officers at a South Florida airport have reported finding a handgun hidden inside a raw chicken packed in a traveler's luggage. The Transportation Security Administration posted photos of the gun and poultry Monday on its official Instagram account , per the AP . The weapon was recovered at the Fort...

PlayStation Causes Panicked Airport Evacuation

Damaged console wasn't recognized in luggage X-ray

(Newser) - Passengers didn't know the reason, but the instructions over the PA in Logan Airport were clear. "You have to exit, this is mandatory," they were told Sunday afternoon. The evacuation was quick but not orderly, NBC News reports. People left their belongings and began running for the...

Tourists Accused of Trying to Bribe Their Way Into Hawaii

Louisiana couple didn't have negative COVID tests

(Newser) - If you're interested in visiting the Aloha State, you'll have to be OK with a 10-day quarantine when you first arrive, unless you've got COVID test results in hand confirming you tested negative within the past 72 hours. Two tourists allegedly thought they could get around those...

Security Increases for Lawmakers' Travel

Members of Congress have been harassed in airports

(Newser) - After supporters of President Trump harassed two senators at a Washington airport, security has been increased for members of Congress traveling to and from the capital. The stepped-up measures will be in effect through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, Axios reports. Lawmakers were told of the...

Man Climbs Onto Wing of Plane As it Prepares for Takeoff

Question is, how'd he get on there?

(Newser) - Passengers aboard a flight out of McCarren International in Las Vegas were shocked Saturday to see a man stroll onto the wing of the plane just as it was about to take off. Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal , Alaska Airlines flight 1367 was preparing to depart for Portland when pilots...

Australia: Women From 10 Flights Had 'Invasive' Exams in Qatar

Qatar is apologizing after search for abandoned newborn went awry

(Newser) - A baby was born and abandoned at an airport in Doha, Qatar, and now officials are apologizing over their controversial attempt to find the mother amid the revelation that there may have been more women involved than initially reported. After a newborn girl was found Oct. 2 in a trash...

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