Bonuses and Awards of Almost $100,000.00 Prior to Failure of Finding Hidden Weapons?

“The assistant administrator since May 2013, Kelly Hoggan — who manages a workforce of 55,000 employees, including transportation security screeners at roughly 450 airports nationwide — kept his job and $183,000 salary. And, it appears, his year-end performance bonuses and special achievement awards, which he received from November 2013 to January 2015 and tallied about $96,000, according to the whistleblower complaint submitted to congressional investigators. Hoggan, who worked for the aviation industry before joining the TSA in 2004, had no comment, an agency spokesman said.”

As the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Operations of the Transportation Security Administration, Hoggan was ultimately responsible for the lapses in security which resulted in the failure of screeners finding hidden weapons and fake explosives greater than 95 percent of the time during 70 covert tests at security checkpoints at eight airports in the United States, according to…

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A Proposal Regarding TSA Pre✓: Should There Be Four Types of Lanes?

I have been reading all of the hoopla regarding the latest news pertaining to the supposed elimination of “managed inclusion” of the Pre✓ program operated by the Transportation Security Administration; and it occurred to me that there should perhaps be four types of lanes at security checkpoints at airports in the United States.

In this article…

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“You Respect This Badge Right Here”: TSA Agent Orders to Passenger Filming “Pat-Down” of His Father

An agent of the Transportation Security Administration reportedly summoned a law enforcement officer on a teenager 16 years of age who refused to obey his orders to stop filming his father experiencing a “pat-down” at the security checkpoint of New Orleans International Airport.

At the 1:23 mark in this video, you can hear the agitated agent bellow “You respect this badge right here!” as he points to his uniform.

The following text by Apple Lucas accompanies the video…

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TSA Agent Allegedly Purposely Groped Male Passengers — With Assistance From a Colleague

“Do not ever, ever accept a private search from the TSA unless you’re up for an assault. Demand they do the search in public and make sure you have lots of witnesses. Yes, it might be a bit embarrassing for you but it beats having to live with an assault. Some of these people are sick. I will never forget what was done to me.

“And yes. I did report it to every agency in writing and anyone who would listen. LAX Terminal One. I was completely cooperative and had no idea I would touched so inappropriately. and yes, I do know the difference. I travel often and had been searched before. This was not a search, it was an assault.”

Whether or not you believe that FlyerTalk member Dea Certe was being overdramatic with that statement, the news of two agents — one female and one male — of the Transportation Security Administration having their employment terminated as a result of allegedly groping and fondling attractive men at a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport is quite disquieting and does lend credence to that claim.

“One of the screeners, a man, signaled to a female colleague when a man he found attractive was coming through the scanning machine”, according to…

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TSA Pre✓: A Brilliant Marketing Campaign?

I remember the days when the Transportation Security Administration was first created shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. There were two camps of people: one which abhorred the Transportation Security Administration and everything for which it represented, hoping that one day the agency would be abolished altogether; and the other who would do anything it took in the name of safety and security.

How times have changed.

We still have two camps of people pertaining to airport security in 2015 — but now they comprise of…

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Should Some Transportation Security Administration Agents Be Armed?

A proposal to create a unit of trained officers to be stationed at every airport security checkpoint has recently been renewed by Jeffrey David Cox, Sr. — who is president of a union known as the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents employees of federal agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration — as a result of a machete attack at the international airport which serves the greater metropolitan area of New Orleans.

Cox has been stressing the need that Transportation Security Administration agents be armed; as well as for their placement at every airport security checkpoint in the United States ever since the death of Gerardo I. Hernandez, who was an agent of the Transportation Security Administration who was only 39 years old and a father of two children.

As I first reported in this article, Hernandez was allegedly killed by…

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Maximum Limit Decreased in New Federal Airport Security Fees

The security fees for which you are charged whenever you purchase an airline ticket may not be as high as originally thought three months ago.

Members of the House of Representatives of the United States unanimously voted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to pass legislation on limiting airline passenger security fees imposed by the Transportation Security Administration to charge $5.60 per one-way trip and $11.20 per round trip.

Richard Hudson…

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Video: Notify TSA Agents of Prescription Medication at Airport Security Checkpoints

If you travel with pharmaceutical medication through airports located within the United States, you are advised to notify agents of the Transportation Security Administration of any prescriptions you possess; and you must separate said medications from your other belongings and show them before the screening process begins at an airport security checkpoint.

A new video with details of this advisory…

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Recording Police: Do You Have the Right?

Do you have the right to record police with video, audio or photographs while they are performing their duties — especially in a public place?

According to an article written by T.C. Sottek at The Verge, you not only absolutely have the right — but perhaps also the duty — to do so…

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Lawsuit Filed Against TSA Over Higher Fees

Have you noticed that the cost of your airline tickets became just a little bit higher?

Two commercial airline industry groups — Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association, which represent airlines based in the United States and other countries around the world respectively — sued the Transportation Security Administration yesterday under the allegation that…

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