The TSA saw the near-miss as proof that aviation security could not be ensured without the installation of full-body scanners in every U.S. airport. But the agency’s many critics called its decision just another knee-jerk response to an attempted terrorist attack. I agreed, and wrote to the Times saying as much. My boss wasn’t happy about it.
“The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee,
” she said.
Jason Harrington, author of the formerly anonymous Taking Sense Away
blog, on his experiences as a dissenter inside of the Transportation Security Administration
, a new program instituted by the TSA, will allow passengers to keep their shoes, jackets and belts during screening, as well as allow laptop computers and approved liquids to remain in bags for a fee of $85.
The TSA has started an Instagram page
showing confiscated items from TSA checkpoints in airports around the country.
Body scanners attacked again
as US blogger Jon Corbett who blogs for TSA Out of Our Pants!
exposes how to beat the body scanners
, carrying a metal box in a secret shirt pocket through security at two airports. [more inside]
"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ... have made air travel the most difficult means of mass transit in the United States, at the same time failing to make air travel any more secure."
Steve Moore has been an FBI Special Agent, head of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force's Al Qaeda and extra-territorial squads, a SWAT agent trained to interdict airplane hijackings, and a pilot. His father literally wrote the book
on airline security. And he has come to the conclusion that "TSA is one of the worst-run, ineffective and most unnecessarily intrusive agencies in the United States government." [more inside]
from The New Yorker’s
archives (1938 - present).
have been declared at Airports in the US, UK and Middle East after the discovery of suspicious packages originating in Yemen
. The packages, modified toner cartridges, have been described
as "definitely not a complete bomb" but being "potentially sinister".
the "security service"
that allowed travellers to bypass TSA security lines, offered a Father's Day discount
if you purchased a one-year membership by June 21. On June 23, Clear ceased operations.
Sorry, no refunds.
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously
], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic
] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds
on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response
blog. Hawley then leaves a comment
to that post. Schneier fires back again
in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
The Things He Carried.
"Airport security in America is a sham—'security theater' designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease."
Scanners that see through clothing installed in US airports.
Good news! No more testing. Time to roll these puppies out. It's OK though, seriously guys. See we're gonna blur the faces
when we look at their sexual organs, so everything's cool. K?
I now know
what to do in case I ever got stuck on an airplane that's not going anywhere- organize and stage a revolt, like the passengers of Continental flight 1669.
Conversation with Kip Hawley, TSA Administrator (Part 1)
Part one of five, Bruce Schneier
chats it up with Kip, TSA Administrator. The TSA and airport security have long been hot topics on Metafilter; here is a chance to read some hard questions put to the man himself and his answers.
Bare naked travel?
(Previously on MeFi: here
, except now they're actually doing it, and here
). The TSA wants to see you naked. Just don't paint "Kip Hawley Is An Idiot"
on your torso in Pepto-Bismol before you go to the airport.
"Kip Hawley is an Idiot".
Careful what you say about the Director of the TSA
when you're waiting to pass airport security.
Buying biometrically into big brother?
Privium is an IBM-backed pay service at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport
that allows passengers to identify themselves by iris recognition and thus speed their way through security checks. This being the privacy-respecting Netherlands, the biometric information is not stored in a central database, but only on a card you carry with you; other countries may not be so enlightened. This could well become a standard form of identification. In the meantime, could the failure to buy this service qualify someone as a security or insurance risk?
EFF co-founder John Gilmore was prevented from flying
because he was wearing a button deemed to be in "poor taste" and refused to take it off. Seems he won't be flying anywhere for a while, unless he wins his court case
. [Source: Boing Boing]
Is the passenger screening
less secure than purely random screening? According to the write-up in this paper, complete with probabilistic analysis and computer simulation, the answer is yes. I've hijacked the link from BoingBoing
Gunman kills one at LAX El Al terminal
, is killed by security personnel. Developing.
Happy freakin' Fourth of July.
"You can't professionalize unless you federalize",
we were told. So, this is a professional case of giardia
, I guess. Still, the kid COULD have mentioned that the muck was a project, and not his favorite tonic.
Robbers escape with $3m (£2.1m) in cash after hijacking a van at Heathrow Airport, London, the second such raid there in recent weeks.
Nice to see that security has improved then, at the worlds busiest airport
No Profiling, No Saftey? ...to placate special interest groups that fear profiling will result in widespread racial or religious discrimination, authorities are imposing screening quotas that are unlikely to thwart a future terrorist attack. They should be doing the very opposite by creating more sophisticated profiling systems that catch real criminals.
Is it really "damned if they do, damned if they don't" or is there a better way?
Targeting Toddler Terrorists
"There, at midnight, is a 30-pound, 36-inch-tall peanut with his arms and legs spread, wand searching his body, one security agent removing his shoes to check for explosives and another rummaging through his Scooby-Doo backpack
A Congressman gets debriefed.
In other news, lawmakers finally reap what they sow.
New travel package
minimizes the amount of time it takes for you to get from the airport to the beach. Now you can get off the plane, and start swimming and sunbathing in no time! Isn't this amazing?
How, exactly, did this happen?
I'll tell you how. I happened to be at O' Hare yesterday, and the security drones there were about as dumb as a bag of wet mice (more in comments).
Hillary tries to run a security check point
if John Q Public were to attempt this, what do you think would happen?
Now is probably a poor time to start making bomb jokes
at the airport.
This is a list of airports currently meeting FAA security standards.
Possibly of some benefit to those needing to use air travel for business, to reunite with loved ones, etc. I discovered this link while visiting Flightview
, which has been down most of the day, presumably due to traffic. Flightview is a flight tracking system which runs on standard PCs.