Tagged With "TSA"

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Re: TSA-confiscated items: Wonder where they go?

GarryRF ·
How could that system could be cost effective? But I do like a well researched article. Only a female journalist would refer to a Cricket bat as a "wooden club" Makes my toes curl !
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Re: TSA-confiscated items: Wonder where they go?

PHeymont ·
I think you've confused gender with nationality, Garry. I think there are many Americans, bereft of knowledge of the game, who might make that mistake.
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Re: TSA-confiscated items: Wonder where they go?

DrFumblefinger ·
Isn't a cricket bat something you use to whack those pesky insects with?
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Re: TSA-confiscated items: Wonder where they go?

GarryRF ·
Shame on you DrF !! Canada ( and Alberta ) have some wonderful Cricket Teams. I believe you spend too much time close to the border.
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Re: Is bad PreCheck planning responsible for TSA delays?

Travel Rob ·
I don't like the whole concept of PreCheck because when they started this added security at airports, they insisted terrorists could be anyone and that's why we need to check everyone. We enter trains, buses and metros without a PreCheck, and it doesn't take forever. There is a history of attacks on those means of transportation too. And now attacks could just as easily happen at the ticket counter at the airport as on the plane.
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

Travel Rob ·
European airlines have taken a big hit this year with Europeans staying home more. It was because of terrorism before airport security and also in public places in Brussels and Paris. Isn't that more of a risk now? We have accepted that minor risk on other forms of transportation and still go about our lives. I'd vote to cut back on scanning 100% of the people in airports to occasionally, like we did a few years ago. We can still walk through metal detectors. I guess the added carry-on bags...
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
Several Senators suggested last week that the airlines kill the bag fees to speed up the lines, but there was an audible silence on that... Meanwhile, in Paris the lines have been growing, too, and causing delays at CDG; the airport authority is calling for more staff to speed up border controls.
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

DrFumblefinger ·
I hate the bag fees, but they're not the problem. The TSA is. Everyone would still have a carry-on bag, albeit a smaller one if they could check a suitcase for free. My experiences in Calgary, Frankfurt and Spain in the past month. Waiting times were never more than 10 minutes and usually less than 5 minutes to be screened. You just need enough of and a motivated staff that gets people through quickly
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

DrFumblefinger ·
What a mess. The very agency that is to protect citizens from terrorist activity is creating an environment wherein "tent communities" are springing up at America's airports. How embarrassing is that. Talk about a target rich environment for the bad guys. The TSA's funding, even with "cuts", is about US$ 7.3 billion for 2016. In contrast, Canada, which has 1/10th the population of the USA, has an airport screening budget of about CDN $0.56 billion, and Transport Canada acknowledges it has...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

GarryRF ·
Most countries around the world exchange ideas and processes to fulfil the common good. But some countries refuse to enter into a dialogue and share ideas. Russia is another one.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
To be fair to the TSA (which I find hard to do), the $7.3 billion is not all for screening, only about half is. That said, while airports are looking to outsource the screening, maybe they should hire Transport Canada! As for the PreCheck point: TSA can't seem to make up its mind. When it started, they semi-randomly selected 'extra' people to go through it, on the theory that they would like it enough to buy it—and some did, but not enough. Then the people who had paid for it started to...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

Travel Rob ·
The few US airports that have private security companies handling the screening are reporting good results and I think that's a good option for the airports. My guess is for liability reasons, airports are scared to dump the TSA. After seeing the comments by DrFumblinger and PHeymont, I do think we can learn from Canada on this. I did a little more reading on Canada's airport security. It seems all major airports in Canada have private screening. The airports give out three year contracts.
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Re: TSA, American testing automated security screens

DrFumblefinger ·
This sounds like a nice idea. A modernization of a tedious process. Hope it works!
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Buddy, Can You Spare 5.3 Million Dimes?

PHeymont ·
Apparently so! That's how much loose change TSA scooped out of bins at scanning, left behind by travelers too frazzled or too hurried to pick it all up. And then there's the question of what to do with it...find out HERE
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Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

PHeymont ·
Traveling for Christmas? With presents? You’ll want to read on for some good advice. A couple of weeks ago, TravelGumbo offered advice on “flying through the airport.” We weren’t referring to the old Hertz commercials with...
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TSA limits PreCheck to those who've paid

PHeymont ·
TSA PreCheck, the program that allows passengers to go through airport security lines with their shoes and belts on, and their laptops in their luggage, will now be limited to those who actually have paid for it, TSA on Monday ended the program where...
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Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

Travel Rob ·
The TSA requires any lock on luggage to be branded as “travel sentry approved”, so they search the bag without breaking the lock. Those master keys for the TSA to get into the bags have been closely guarded by...
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In 2016, TSA may not take some states' driver's licenses at airports

Travel Rob ·
The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 and it requires certain security features to be on Drivers Licenses. The Department of Homeland Security announced a plan of enforcement two years ago. And in 2016, the agency will start enforcing...
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TSA studying NFL security for airports

PHeymont ·
Where are you most likely to be scanned and probed? After airports, the likely answer is stadiums and concert venues—and the TSA is seriously interested in advanced technology now in use at the San Francisco 49ers' Levis Stadium.   The...
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Atlanta tells TSA 'shape up or ship out'

PHeymont ·
Atlanta's busy airport, upset over long security delays, threatens to replace TSA screeners with private contractors.
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TSA adds agents after airport complaints

PHeymont ·
After complaints about growing delays, TSA has gotten an OK to cancel layoffs, hire agents and move teams. But the delays are still growing...
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Is bad PreCheck planning responsible for TSA delays?

PHeymont ·
A veteran travel editor argues that the 90-minute+ security lines growing at airports stem in part from TSA's mishandling of its PreCheck program.
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Progress in clearing TSA logjam

PHeymont ·
Added agents and overtime have helped bring down the long security lines that last month stretched to hours and stranded travelers.
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TSA, American testing automated security screens

PHeymont ·
TSA and American Airlines are teaming up to try out high-tech automated security lanes to speed up getting through airports.
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Body Scanners now can be mandatory if TSA deems it necessary

Travel Rob ·
TSA can force people through the body scanners if deemed necessary.
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TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

PHeymont ·
TSA lines are getting very long again at many airports, with passengers told to allow 3 hours at some. At Atlanta, the solution is part of the problem.
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TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
More problems with security lines at major airports, including nearly two hours at Chicago. At DFW, American delayed flights because of lines.
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TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
The ongoing crisis of short staffing and long lines has now led to 450 American Airlines passengers missing evening flights at Chicago O'Hare.
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Federal Judge: No-Fly rules won't fly

PHeymont ·
A Federal District Court judge in Oregon has ruled that the TSA's no-fly list is unconstitutional because there is no way for a citizen who believes he or she was put on the list in error to get off. She ordered the government to come up with...
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TSA: Keep your phone charged, we may make you turn it on!

PHeymont ·
New security measures for U.S.-bound flights are looking for possible hidden non-metallic explosives. One concern is the possibility that explosives could be placed in a hollowed-out phone, laptop, etc. and set to detonate when the device is turned...
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Air Canada joins PreCheck, more foreign carriers to follow

PHeymont ·
Air Canada has become the first "overseas" carrier to join TSA's PreCheck program that allows program members to move through airport security faster, and with less unpacking and undressing. TSA says more carriers will soon follow. For reasons that...
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TSA's Blog: Hidden guns, human skull and an exploding suitcase

PHeymont ·
The Transportation Safety Administration publishes a year-end list of what it's found in screening—helps justify the budget, yes? This year's list includes 1813 handguns, endless lists of black powder canisters, explosive "initiators," swords...
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Lufthansa first European airline to join PreCheck

PHeymont ·
Lufthansa becomes the first European airline to partner with TSA PreCheck.
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TSA hits the million mark for Pre-check

PHeymont ·
TSA's Pre-check program has enrolled a million "trusted travelers" in its program, designed to speed up processing at airport security.
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TSA Pre-Check: Less access if you're not signed up

PHeymont ·
TSA's Pre-Check, which allows travelers to pass through airport security without having to remove shoes, unpack laptops and generally move faster, will focus on passengers directly enrolled in the program, or in other government "Trusted Traveler"...
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She believes she can fly...no ticket needed!

PHeymont ·
Marilyn Hartman seems to have a need to fly, and no intention of bothering with mundane issues such as tickets or security. The 63-year-old California woman has a long history as a serial stowaway, and a number of arrests while trying. Considering how...
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TSA-confiscated items: Wonder where they go?

PHeymont ·
Every day, hundreds of items are surrendered to TSA at airports around the country (note the word: TSA doesn't like to say confiscated). Where do they all go?   Seems that after the liquids and aerosols are disposed of, the rest go on trips of...
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Those TSA lines: in most cities, they've shrunk

PHeymont ·
Those long TSA lines of a few months ago are largely gone, but some of the solutions may not be permanent.
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Re: Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

PHeymont ·
Which seems like a lot of trouble for thieves to go through, when simple snips will cut the lock...if you don't feel like cutting into the suitcase with a box-cutter. I'very always viewed suitcase locks as a device to keep the zipper from opening accidentally during handling, and once I discovered that European security people didn't have or use the keys (they clipped the locks), I went back to using twist ties or cable ties. Much cheaper, work well.
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Re: Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

PortMoresby ·
I assume locks on suitcase are like locks on our doors, as someone installing one at my house once said, to "keep honest people out". Or maybe just slowing down the dishonest ones, although not by much, I'm sure, in either case. A better plan might be to have nothing of value to such people where they can take it. The highest probability of theft from our bags seems to be from the baggage handlers. I wonder how they choose bags to go through? Maybe by size, the smaller the bag, the less...
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Re: Your TSA Approved Locks Won't Keep Thieves Out

DrFumblefinger ·
I've always viewed locks as a deterrent, not as a security vault. Something to make it difficult for the baggage handler who'd like to snoop through my bag from doing so without inconvenience and making it obvious that it had been done. I never check in anything valuable. Those things always come with me in my carry-on bag, which I also keep locked.
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Re: TSA limits PreCheck to those who've paid

TravelGirlJenn ·
Well, shoot. I've benefited on "Managed Inclusion" during the last few trips at Oakland for work. I've been contemplating the actual program or Global Entry because I will be traveling for work so much, now it looks like I may have to bite the bullet.
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Re: In 2016, TSA may not take some states' driver's licenses at airports

Travel Rob ·
To me the thought of some Americans not be able to fly domestically because they have 'the wrong' drivers license is unacceptable. I can't see how this has anything to do with safety and real people will be unable to get to a loved one with an illness or death in their family just because they didn't know about 'the right' ID.
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Re: TSA adds agents after airport complaints

DrFumblefinger ·
I thought there was a $10 or so fee on every airline ticket sold in the US to cover TSA. Isn't that where their funding is supposed to come from? So with more air traffic, there should be more funds available for TSA agents. Of course, inevitably such funds are just absorbed into the general budget, rather than what they were intended for.
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

Travel Rob ·
I was in the Atlanta airport in October and the TSA line was a mess then. I think the very fact that they have crowds before people go through security make the airports far less secure.
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

GarryRF ·
The overcrowding of US Airports is easily solved. Drag the minds of those who make decisions into the 21st Century. - Better late than never. If you're only making an international connection in the US - you stay in the International Departures Lounge until your onward flight is boarding. The rest of the world has been doing it for decades. And one other thing. Stop confusing making travel safe with just insulting people who are not Americans. You've had long enough to get your act together.
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

DrFumblefinger ·
The TSA currently charges $5.60 US for a one way trip originating in the USA, up to a max of $11.20 a trip. Given the actual time you are "serviced" by the TSA, that seems more than adequate to fund the screening process. Two problems as I see it. 1) Likely not all of this money goes to the TSA. The federal government is notorious at shifting designated monies to its pet projects, so I expect TSA money is going elsewhere. 2) The TSA tolerates terrible behavior from its employees. Many TSA...
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

PHeymont ·
Thursday afternoon update: Congress has just approved shifting funds to immediately hire 768 more screeners and to use overtime to speed up lines.
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

GarryRF ·
Maybe its time to start profiling. Mom, Dad and the kids aren't a risk. Old people with walking difficulties. Same. I prefer the interview I had in the check-in line before leaving the UK. "Where is your destination in the US - Have you been before - where's the nearest Pub can you walk to - how many pubs are there - name them - what's your occupation - qualifications - name a typical job you'd do ? " And while you talk some guy is watching you closely. Whether he checks your info on his...
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Re: TSA: More delays, more complaints, some hope

PHeymont ·
Ah, I think I see the purpose of that interview: weed out any Temperance campaigners!
 
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