I think most of us here aren't fans of the Transportation Security Administration (from my viewpoint, I've had some of my luggage luggage destroyed by them and repaired with TSA sealing tape more than once) Now some of us deal with them with sarcasm, entertainment, anger, disgust, "meh" and other methods (for example stripping at a checkpoint), but Matthew over at Live and … [Read more...]
Things that scare the TSA: Apple Awards
Adding to the list that make the TSA go a bit giddy are Futuristic design awards it seems. Juraj Hlaváč had won an Apple Designs Award at the recent Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco for the educational game called "Bobo Explores Light" developed by his company, Game Collage. The award itself is a small silver cube that glows from within akin to the … [Read more...]
DEN: What the hell I am doing in LA?
(....to quote the old Bran Van 3000 song) Well it's waiting for the next flight... certainly not drinking as the inbound leg was late. I think the only reason why I changed terminal LAX just wanted my non-nude-o-scope visit from the TSA. Shame they never bring you flowers or chocolates. I thought that what you were meant to do when someone tried to get to second base … [Read more...]
Europe Bans Airport Body Scanners For “Health and Safety” Concerns
Here's a big news breaking from the European Union, Forbes and The Economist. And it's to do with Nude-o-scopes - or Backscatter/Millimetre Wave Scanners. And to be blunt - the European Union is not happy about them in the least. The big line from the release it is this: In order not to risk jeopardising citizens' health and safety, only security scanners which do not … [Read more...]
Once again… one bad TSA staff member gives the entire lot a bad name (TSA Incident at PHL)
Once again, one apple spoils the entire TSA Crop - this time with a fake drugs incident at Philadelphia International. A TSA agent decided to play a joke on a passenger on a Rebecca Solomon as she was travelling back to college After pulling her laptop out, through the scanning machines, and walking through a detector, she went to collect her things and a TSA agent … [Read more...]
Flying with Fish and Elliott.org… *No longer subpoenad*
In very good news (and news I missed by my own admission) both Chris Elliot and Steven Frischling have had their subpoenas for information regarding the now infamous SD-1544-09-06 TSA Directive withdrawn by the TSA. In addition, the TSA will replace Fish's MacBook that was damaged by the investigation. The TSA describes their investigations nearing completion … [Read more...]
The TSA opens a new line… in the war against Bloggers
It seems with bomb threats that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security has something better to do - harass Bloggers and pump them for information. Both Christoper Elliot and Steven Frischling have had visits from TSA and DHS "Homeland Security Special Agents", issuing subpoenas on disclosure of the actual source that these bloggers got their information from. In the … [Read more...]
Changes due to NW253 Incident
British Airways BA has imposed an immediate bag restriction on it's US flights, restricting one bag per person only from Heathrow or Gatwick. Expect security checkpoints to have increased as well as well as other airlines following suite . BAA is reporting (Heathrow Airport) "Travelling to the USA? Passengers travelling to the United States should expect their … [Read more...]
LOLCats on the TSA..
... Well someone has to do a good job... I mean to say what next - asking for manual scans of film may cause offence? ;) Source: http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/11/01/funny-pictures-unattended-at-any-time/ … [Read more...]
XKCD sums up the War on Liquids….
From the highly entertaining and geek friendly xkcd.com - it's view on the war on liquids, laptop batteries and a few other wonders that keep us travellers in constant pain... … [Read more...]