Are you traveling anytime soon? Well, rather than sneering at the mere sight of a TSA agent, maybe you should be stopping to give them a hug—because there’s a good chance that they’ve seen some crazy shit.
Does taking off your shoes, emptying your pockets and putting your laptop in a little plastic bin make you feel safe? Maybe it shouldn’t. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is doing a lousy job. Like, “failed to detect mock weapons 95 percent of the time” lousy.
A security expert had a computer chip for tracking cows implanted in his hand by an “unlicensed amateur” so he could show how hackers could use tools hidden underneath their skin to hijack devices.
The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travelers are a threat or not. And as much as it sucks to go through the TSA’s invasive X-ray and scanning checkpoints, it turns out the TSA’s tactics are pretty messed up even when they’re low-tech.
We may shake our heads at the TSA's antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things…
Along with shoe X-rays and toiletries in ziploc bags, we can now welcome fever checks as the latest addition to airport security theater. Today, U.S. officials announced they will screen passengers coming to five major airports from the African countries hit worst by Ebola—despite no real evidence that it will make us…
The TSA's full-body scanners never seemed like a very good idea. They're a great way to unwittingly show your naked body to government officials, for one. They're also insanely easy to trick. We've suspected as much for some time now, but a team of university researchers just confirmed some scary security flaws.
When luggage makes its merry way through the airport, bomb-sniffing scanners have to check it out for explosives. Now, scientists in Israel say they have developed a small electronic chip that could be a million times more sensitive than our bulky scanners.
If you're tired of almost having to completely undress as you're herded like cattle through airport security, there's an entire subset of the clothing industry designed to make that ordeal a little more bearable. Like Hummus Apparel's new line of belts featuring a buckle that can be easily slipped off and dropped in a…
Forget retina scans and fingerprints. Turns out, body odor is a shockingly accurate biometric identifier. And according to new research from a team of Spanish scientists, it could change the way security checkpoints work.
The TSA needs help—bad. The agency and its blue-shirted officers have never been the most popular kids on the block, but things got worse last week when a former employee told all in a Politico article. But don't worry, TSA. The designers are here to save you.
Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national…
TSA Pre-Check—a paid registration system that allows airplane passengers to skip security checks as long as they agree to get fingerprinted—is now available to everyone instead of just frequent fliers from some airlines. Now you just have to pay them $85 to get back the dignity and rights they stole from you.
A week in the life of the TSA is already ridiculously productive. What about seven months? The TSA published a 2012 year to date report to reveal what the apocalypse year has brought through airport security and it's a doozy of bizarre weapons. Things like guns and bombs aren't enough anymore, the TSA finds grenade…
The average passenger doesn't really get excited about going through airport security, but as it turns out the TSA isn't particularly interested in feeling you up either. And it's actively looking for a way not to.
To protest what he feels is harassment from the TSA, John Brennan dropped trou as he went through airport security in the Portland airport last night. I mean, he got ass naked. There's got to be a better way to practice social disobedience.
We poke fun of the TSA for being dumb but sometimes we forget that normal people do even dumber things. Like pack a grenade launcher in their carry on. Or try to bring a cannonball on board. Here's a list of the crazy things the TSA found just last week.
Going through airport security is hell in a hole. We all know that. What is this liquid that's two ounces too heavy? Is that really a teddy bear? Apparently, some people don't care and think they can sneak a gun through security checkpoints. Seriously! On a typical day, the TSA confiscates four to five guns from…
The TSA will no longer require children 12 years or younger to remove their shoes while going through airport security. It's part of a larger change that might even stop the nasty TSA from groping kids too. It sounds good but it's really not.