The TSA Is Using Behavior Screening To Identify Undocumented Immigrants

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. »4/06/15 2:48pm4/06/15 2:48pm

The Craziest Stuff People Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes This Year

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… »12/23/14 12:20pm12/23/14 12:20pm

An Austin Airport Is Counting Cell Phones to Predict TSA Wait Times

If you're passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favor and make sure you have your phone's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck—but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they'll be spending in airport security… »10/23/14 4:17pm10/23/14 4:17pm

It's Shockingly Easy to Hide Guns and Bombs From Backscatter Scanners

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. »8/20/14 12:53pm8/20/14 12:53pm

New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out of a Job

TSA lines are the very definition of a "necessary evil." Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we're eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don't fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could… »7/22/14 12:31pm7/22/14 12:31pm

The 5 Best Answers From a Fascinating Q&A With an Ex-TSA Agent

Over on Slashdot yesterday, ex-TSA agent and controversial blogger extraordinaire Jason Harrington answered users' questions about the life of a TSA agent. And as one of the TSA's most outspoken critics, Harrington isn't one for tiptoeing around sensitive issues—which, much to TSA's dismay, makes for wonderfully… »3/01/14 1:00pm3/01/14 1:00pm

Woody Doll's Tiny Toy Gun Confiscated by Airport Security

The noble men and women of TSA aren't the only ones doing their part to keep the toy chests of the world free from terrorism. Just a few days ago, Heathrow Airport security successfully disarmed a one Mr. Woody of Toy Story fame, confiscating his inch-long, vaguely pistol-shaped piece of plastic and ensuring a safer… »2/11/14 3:20pm2/11/14 3:20pm