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TSA Agents Immune From Being Sued Regarding Allegations of Abuse

When Nadine Pellegrino was arrested in 2006 after a physical confrontation with agents of the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport, she probably had no idea that the outcome of her situation would result in a divided panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruling on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 that agents of the Transportation Security Administration who operate security checkpoints at airports nationwide cannot be sued over allegations of abuse by passengers.

Pellegrino and her husband Harry Waldman were on their way traveling home to Florida with…

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Powders to Be Further Restricted By Transportation Security Administration on International Flights To the United States

If you are traveling on an international flight to the United States and are carrying a “powder-like substance” in a container which is at least 12 ounces, you will be required to place it in checked baggage effective as of Saturday, June 30, 2018, as you may experience a more extensive screening process; and you should prepare for additional screening of your property and personal electronic devices.

This new restriction may be considered…

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Stricter Security Procedures to Be Expanded Domestically in the United States

Stricter security measures for items carried aboard airplanes are expected to be eventually expanded to all airports throughout the United States by the Transportation Security Administration through which travelers in standard lanes at airport security checkpoints will be required to place all electronics larger than a mobile telephone in bins — with nothing over or underneath them — for screening.

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Cash Stolen From Passenger By Transportation Security Administration Agent?

“Whether I’ll proactively remove my wallet from my pocket is another matter. It’s absurd that one would ever be forced to part with one’s money. There are airports in the world where I wouldn’t trust all the contents to reemerge. And putting them in a locked bag pocket isn’t much help, since there are agents who have a problem with my keeping my eye on my bag at all times.”

Seth — who is a reader of The Gate — posted this comment in response to this article pertaining to…

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Imagine Airport Security Being Like This One Day…

You arrive at the security checkpoint at an airport, and food, liquids and paper are all screened separately. You must remove your shoes and all metal objects prior to being screened. You are not permitted to take any electronic equipment — including cameras — aboard an airplane, as those items must be checked. You will have to wait in a long line when you reach immigration and passport control at your destination and pay a minimum of $160.00 for your visa.

Yes, some portions of the scenario you just read do exist today and can…

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Loaded Handgun Passed Through Airport Security Checkpoint; Agent Fired

A woman was fired from her job as an agent for the Transportation Security Administration at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area after she missed a loaded .38-caliber handgun which was in the possession of a female passenger from Alabama and passed through the airport security checkpoint on…

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The Reasons For the New Electronics Ban — Which Are Considered “Enhancements”

“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.”

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Fees to Increase as Transportation Security Administration Budget is Cut?

“At TSA, the $500 million reduction includes cutting $65 million for behavioral detection officers and $55 million for local law enforcement grants to to airports. On the other hand, it proposes a $1 increase to the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate an extra $470 million in revenue.”

This paragraph is what caught my eye in this article written by…

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More Comprehensive Pat-Downs By the Transportation Security Administration

“The change is partly a result of the agency’s study of a 2015 report that criticized aspects of TSA screening procedures. That audit, by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, drew headlines because airport officers had failed to detect handguns and other weapons. An additional change prompted by the report was the TSA’s decision to end its “managed inclusion” program, by which some everyday travelers were allowed to use PreCheck lanes to speed things up at peak times.”

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