Don’t Forget – You need your real ID traveling in the United States

July 31, 2019

In recent months, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) has started to post signs in airport security lines all over the United States making travelers aware that there is a new requirement that State-issued identification cards or licenses need to meet in order to be valid. Effective on October 1, 2020, all passengers flying within the U.S. will…

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TSA Delays Its Decision to Allow Knives on Planes

April 24, 2013

Pressure from flight attendant unions and politicians resulted in the TSA “temporarily delaying” its decision from March 5, to allow certain knives, tools and other implements that could be used as weapons on board airplanes (see our blog entry regarding the new ruling). This policy was supposed to free up screeners and alert them to more…

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Starting April 25: New TSA Rules on Carry-On Items

March 8, 2013

(c) The Transportation Security Administration announces new rules allowing passengers to carry small knives and some sports equipment aboard airplanes. This new rule shall allow the TSA Officers to better focus on finding higher threat items such as explosives. The blades can be up to 6 centimeters (2.36 inches) long and no more than…

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New TSA Checkpoint Technology for Travel Documents

April 20, 2012

In June 2007 a layer of aviation security was added when the TSA assumed travel document checking responsibilities from airline contractors. Specially trained Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) using black lights and magnifying glasses, were positioned in front of the checkpoint to check passengers boarding passes and identification. Since the program was implemented, security officers performing…

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New MyTSA Mobile App Aims to Make Traveling Easier for Everyone

June 28, 2011

More people are traveling now than ever before. While some people enjoy traveling and others despise it, and some travel only for business and others simply for pleasure, there is one thing that nearly everyone who must pass through the checkpoints and the lines at the airport can agree on: they do not like dealing…

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U.S. Researchers Find Radiation from Airport Scanners is Very Low

April 14, 2011

As previously reported on our blog, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will start publishing radiating results from airport passenger and luggage screening equipment. On Monday, March 28, U.S. researchers announced that airport scanners are an “extremely low” source of radiation exposure. It poses virtually no health risk, not even to frequent air…

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TSA to Publish Radiation Test Results from Airport Scanners

March 18, 2011

We have reported several times on our Blog about the outrage the implementation of full-body scanners at U.S. airports provoked among travelers. Last week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will start publishing radiating results from airport passenger and luggage screening equipment. By doing so, TSA hopes to calm the lingering fears among…

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Complaints About Changed Pat-Downs at Airports

November 19, 2010

As previous reported on our blog, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has changed the way it manually searches passengers. In the three weeks since the TSA began more aggressive pat-downs of passengers at airport security checkpoints, traveler complaints have poured in. As reported in today’s NY Times, some offer graphic accounts of genital contact, others…

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Airport Pat-Downs Get More Personal

November 1, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is changing the way it manually searches passengers. Starting on October 29, 2010, the manual search will involve a slide of the hand compared to the pat down. TSA agents will use the front of their hands in searches, and the new process will include an agent running his or…

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New Air Security Rules issued by TSA

December 28, 2009

They are, however, subject to change. See for more details. On Dec. 25, 2009, an individual on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 set off a device and was subdued by passengers and crew. As a result of this incident, TSA has worked with airline and law enforcement authorities, as well as federal, state, local,…

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