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Cawthorn Caught With Loaded Gun in Carry-on Bag

He was cited by officers at Charlotte airport

(Newser) - The youngest member of the House is in the news once again, this time for having a loaded gun at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at a North Carolina airport. Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited Tuesday morning for having the weapon in his carry-on bag at Charlotte Douglas International...

The Weirdest Things the TSA Seized in 2021

Agency's list includes chainsaw, meth burrito

(Newser) - Chainsaws and machetes might be useful in the event of a zombie apocalypse, but the TSA would like to remind people that they are absolutely not allowed in carry-on luggage. The agency released its list of the most unusual items seized in 2021 in a tweet Monday, and it also...

TSA Agent Saves Baby With Leap Over Conveyor Belt

New hire Cecelia Morales stops infant from choking

(Newser) - A security officer leapt over conveyor belt rollers and saved a 2-month-old boy who stopped breathing at a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, newly released video shows. The footage, released Thursday by the US Transportation Security Administration, shows TSA officer Cecilia Morales springing into action...

Biden to Maskless Travelers: 'Be Prepared to Pay'

TSA to double fines for those who refuse to don face coverings, with minimum penalty of $500

(Newser) - The White House unveiled an aggressive new push this week designed to combat COVID, and one measure in particular from the TSA is geared toward travelers. "If you break the rules, be prepared to pay," President Biden said at a presser Thursday on the changes, including a new...

Good News! You'll Be Wearing Masks on Planes Into 2022

TSA extends order that was scheduled to expire Sept. 13

(Newser) - Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Transportation Security Administration's current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the mandate will...

TSA: Hundreds Have Broken Mask Rule, Only 2 Agree to Pay Fine
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Travelers Have 'Not Surprising' Reaction to TSA Mask Fines

Out of 2.4K incidents of alleged noncompliance, only 2 have agreed to pay the $250 penalty

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the TSA warned that people who refuse to wear face masks while using public transit, in accordance with a federal mandate, could face hefty fines. It doesn't seem like that heads-up served as much of a deterrent, at least not for a couple of thousand travelers...

Don't Want to Wear a Mask? Here's What it Could Cost You

The TSA has recommended a range of fines

(Newser) - People who refuse to wear a mask on public transit may get hit with fines ranging from $250 to $1,500—or higher, should the factors warrant it, the Hill reports. The TSA recommended the penalties Friday, saying in a statement : “Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA...

TSA Agent Jailed for Making Woman Show Breasts

TSA agent Johnathon Lomeli sentenced to 60 days in jail for LAX stunt in June 2019

(Newser) - A former Transportation Security Administration agent who was accused of tricking a traveler into showing her breasts as she went through security at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded no contest Friday to false imprisonment, authorities said. Johnathon Lomeli entered the plea to a felony count and was sentenced to 60...

Millions Fly in US Despite COVID Warnings

3.2M passed TSA checkpoints over the weekend

(Newser) - In the days around Thanksgiving, millions of Americans flew despite warnings that a surge in COVID cases could follow. Now, with cases surging around the country, millions are again disregarding the warnings, the New York Times reports. The TSA says 1,066,747 traveled through its checkpoints on Friday, followed...

Sunday Was a Good Day, Not a Great Day, for the TSA

Screenings hit milestone, but they're still way down

(Newser) - The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the US topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of pandemic for the devastated US airline...

Positive COVID Test Causes Delays at World's Busiest Airport

Atlanta checkpoint was closed for deep cleaning

(Newser) - Despite sharply reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, there were long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after a TSA screener tested positive for COVID-19. The main security checkpoint at the airport was shut down for a biohazard cleaning and travelers were directed to a smaller checkpoint, Fox reports....

TSA Halts Employee Use of TikTok for Social Media Posts
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TSA to Employees: Stop Using TikTok

Agency halts use of app for social media posts

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues. Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter Saturday to TSA Administrator David...

Traveler: TSA Agent Conducted Very Peculiar 'Screening'

Johnathon Lomeli, accused of tricking woman into baring her breasts, is fired

(Newser) - If a Transportation Security Administration agent asks you to lift up your shirt in an airport elevator, he's probably not following screening protocol. One woman found that out the hard way, and now an ex-TSA agent is facing legal repercussions. Per a criminal complaint cited by the AP , 22-year-old...

TSA Confiscated a Record Number of Guns Last Year

But what does it really mean?

(Newser) - TSA found 4,432 firearms in passengers' carry-on baggage last year—its highest number ever. As Fox News points out, that's a dozen firearms per day, and 87% of those firearms were loaded. Thirty-four percent of them actually had rounds in the chamber. The total number confiscated is a...

A TSA Agent Had to Check Her Hair. Then: 'Giddyup!'

Native American woman Tara Houska says she was humiliated at being treated like an animal

(Newser) - A Native American woman who went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says she was humiliated by a TSA agent who yanked her long braids and treated her like "a horse." CNN reports Tara Houska, an environmental and indigenous rights activist, was flying into Minnesota Monday from...

Oof: Record Number of People Flying for Thanksgiving

TSA expects more than 26.8 million travelers over the holiday, up 4% from last year

(Newser) - Flying somewhere for Thanksgiving? Good luck. The Transportation Security Administration says more than 26.8 million people are expected to make their way through airport security checkpoints between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2—a record high, per the Hill , and a 4% increase over 2018, per ABC . The busiest days...

Woman Somehow Boards Plane Without Ticket, ID

She was screened by TSA, but beyond that not much is clear

(Newser) - Jenni Clemons found another woman sitting in her assigned seat when she boarded her Delta Air Lines flight at Orlando International Airport Saturday, and Clemons alerted flight attendants that they may have been assigned the same seat. Not so: The woman, who had no ID on her but whom authorities...

TSA Guard Hands Traveler a Note That's Not Very Nice

Neal Strassner says he still doesn't understand why she did it

(Newser) - TSA workers don't usually hand people notes, and this could be why. Neal Strassner was going through security at a New York airport in June when a screener handed him a note reading, "You ugly!!!" CCTV footage he later obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request...

TSA Officers on Leave Over Noose at Airport

Racist display was seen in restricted area of Miami International Airport

(Newser) - Two TSA officers are on leave after a racist display featuring toy gorillas and a noose was discovered at Miami International Airport. The display (see it here ) was discovered July 21 in a baggage-screening area not accessible to the public, per CNN . A TSA employee tells the outlet that...

Weird TSA Find of the Week: a Missile Launcher

Active-duty member of the armed services had put it in his luggage

(Newser) - Transportation Security Administration officers have found some strange things in travelers' baggage, and on Monday, they found a missile launcher. The weapon, which was not loaded or "live," was found in a checked bag at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, and the bag's owner—a man...

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