Eliminating TSA Pre✓ Program Fee For Frequent Fliers Could Save Millions of Dollars: Study

According to a recent study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argue that the Transportation Security Administration could potentially save millions of dollars — while simultaneously reducing longer lines — by providing free access to its TSA Pre✓ program to frequent travelers and decrease costs used for manpower and equipment for screening passengers at airport security checkpoints.

The lead author of the study is…

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Random Searches in the TSA Pre✓ Line?

I received a telephone call from a friend who was at Pittsburgh International Airport earlier today and said that he witnessed agents of the Transportation Security Administration conducting random searches on passengers who were already qualified to use the TSAPre✓ line at the security checkpoint; and he asked if I had heard anything about this.

“No, I have not,” I responded.


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Should Hannah Cohen Have Made an Appointment to be Treated Humanely?

When Hannah Cohen set off the metal detector while passing through the security checkpoint at Memphis International Airport on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, agents of the Transportation Security Administration wanted to perform further scanning on her — but according to her mother, she tried “to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor.”

Cohen — who is 19 years old and no relation to me, as far as I know — is considered a disabled person, as she is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused and disoriented, according to what Shirley Cohen tried to tell agents of the Transportation Security Administration about her daughter. Hannah simply did not understand what the agents of the Transportation Security Administration were about to do to her.

They were…

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Man Misses Flight Due to Long Security Lines and Sues for $506.85

Hooman Nikizad claims to have missed his flight due to long lines at the security checkpoint at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport; and he filed a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration and the Metropolitan Airports Commission for $506.85 — the cost to reimburse him for a replacement ticket, additional ground transportation expenses, and the court fee of $75.00 to file his claim — in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota.

The lawsuit by…

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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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