Transportation Security Administration

September 2, 2013 - 2:05pm

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents confiscated 33 handguns at airports all over the U.S. in the week ending August 23, the agency reported. Thirty of the 33 handguns were loaded when they were discovered. The TSA also confiscated eight stun guns and five large knives in the same week.

September 2, 2013 - 5:10am

As Janet Napolitano departs Washington for sunnier climes in California, some names have begun to surface on her replacement as Secretary of Homeland Security. One of those mentioned is Boston police commissioner Edward Davis.

August 19, 2013 - 2:15pm

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) has condemned H.R. 2946 as a potentially fatal legislative stall tactic that would prevent the installation of secondary cockpit barriers aboard commercial aircraft. The bill, introduced by House aviation subcommittee chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to study and report on the risk posed to commercial aviation security if a cockpit door is opened during flight.

June 19, 2013 - 1:55pm

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule. The agency’s inaction means that the FAA remains under a moratorium on certifying foreign aviation repair stations that has been in place since 2008.

June 10, 2013 - 2:15pm

After nearly three months of pushback from pilots, flight attendants and aircraft operators, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed its plan to allow small knives aboard airliners on June 5. TSA Administrator John Pistole’s March announcement that the agency would align U.S.

June 3, 2013 - 12:40pm

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reached a new record when inspectors at U.S. airports confiscated 65 guns in one seven-day period ending May 24. That number represents a 30-percent increase over the agency’s previous record of 50 in a week.

May 27, 2013 - 1:40pm

In a recent survey conducted by Washington, D.C.-based researchers Penn, Schoen & Berland for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), 90 percent of the 1,206 Americans questioned said the current policy of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on knives aboard an airplane should not be changed.

May 9, 2013 - 3:40pm

While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reviews a draft update of general aviation airport security guidelines, the agency is also running a series of exercises to bolster communications among airports, the local community and operators during times of increased security threats.

April 3, 2013 - 3:10am

Airport perimeters are the weak links in the nation’s aviation security efforts, warns former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, now a vice chairman with Hill & Knowlton Strategies.

The ease with which anyone can penetrate an airport perimeter may shock those familiar with today’s elaborate security inside terminals, Mineta wrote recently in an op-ed article for The Washington Post. In Philadelphia last year, a driver crashed through a gate and onto a runway. There were similar “near-catastrophes” in Miami and Dallas, he said.

March 11, 2013 - 12:30pm

Flight crew unions have opposed last week’s policy change by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) that will allow some knives in U.S. airliner cabins. Under its revised prohibited items list effective April 25, TSA will begin allowing knives with blades up to 2.36 inches in length and 0.5 inches in width to be carried aboard, as well as some wooden and metal clubs, all of which have been prohibited since the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

 
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