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 12:31pm 7/22/14 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 1:00pm 3/01/14 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 3:20pm 2/11/14 3:20pm

Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

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… » 1/31/14 3:40pm 1/31/14 3:40pm

New Airport Screening Method May Finally End the Absurd Liquid Ban

It looks like the days of shampoo bottles striking fear into the hearts of airport security everywhere might be numbered. Thanks to Los Alamos scientists, a new type of detection technology could give airports the tools they need to finally tell if a liquid is a potential threat—all with one simple scan. » 11/25/13 4:00pm 11/25/13 4:00pm

Guy Builds a Bomb Just With Stuff You Can Buy After Airport Security

Just in case you were still being fooled into thinking that the TSA is good for, well, anything, follow along with You Tube contributor Terminal Cornucopia as he constructs a home-made "FRAGGuccino" from stuff you can buy from airport terminal kiosks—you know the ones you can enter after passing through security. » 11/15/13 4:53pm 11/15/13 4:53pm

TSA: 'Pay $85 to skip our security checks and get back your dignity'

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. » 9/05/13 9:10am 9/05/13 9:10am

Idiot Tries to Wear Handgun-Shaped Heels Through Airport Security

Considering we live in an era where the possession of too much hand sanitizer is enough to strike fear in the heart of airport security, you'd think passengers would exercise a little caution when it comes to carry on items—you know, like leaving the gun-shaped paraphernalia at home. You'd be wrong. This past week,… » 7/26/13 3:40pm 7/26/13 3:40pm

TSA Is Instagramming the Crazy Stuff It Confiscates at Checkpoints

What is Instagram for if not bragging oh so subtly about the stuff you're doing. It's true for rich kids on fancy vacations, and apparently, it's true for the Transportation Safety Administration, which has been posting images of the absurd stuff passengers are trying to carry on planes every day. » 7/02/13 5:41pm 7/02/13 5:41pm

The TSA Found Human Skull Fragments Inside a Clay Pot

This is unsettling. The TSA found something wonkier and more gruesome than your usual box cutter or vibrator or even loaded gun this week: they found an actual human skull. Yeah. At Fort Lauderdale Airport, TSA screeners discovered that the remains of a human skull and its teeth were hidden inside clay pots. The skull… » 4/26/13 11:00pm 4/26/13 11:00pm