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

This TSA Redesign Could Change the Way You Think About Airport Security

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. » 2/04/14 6:20pm 2/04/14 6:20pm

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

All the Crazy Stuff People Tried to Bring on Airplanes Last Year

TSA screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013, and as we learned last year, if you look deeply within the possessions of that many people, you're gonna find some weird stuff. Tons of weird stuff. Here's a rundown of the craziest objects TSA found in 2013. » 1/24/14 10:00am 1/24/14 10:00am

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

Al-Qaeda Can Turn Clothes into Explosives By Dipping Them in Liquid

ABC News is reporting that al Qaeda has come up with a "new generation of liquid explosives" for a potential attack. The scary thing is that the bomb "would not be detected by current security measures". Even scarier is that a US official called the new method "ingenious". Well, then. » 8/05/13 10:22pm 8/05/13 10:22pm

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, one … » 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 Has Finally Removed All of Its Naked Full-Body Scanners

The TSA has announced that the "naked image" full-body scanners at airports that have caused so much controversy are no more. The scanners have been removed from all of America's airports. Replacing it are machines that show 'generic images' of the human body. » 5/31/13 11:48pm 5/31/13 11:48pm

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

TSA Delays Its New Knives-on-Planes Policy

Last month, the TSA announced that it was going to allow travellers to carry knives on planes once more, and the new rule was supposed to come into action this Thursday. Now, though, the TSA has delayed the introduction of the policy—and it's not clear when it will actually take effect. » 4/23/13 3:47am 4/23/13 3:47am

The TSA Is Auctioning Off Confiscated Knives for Cheap

Government entities need to get rid of excess junk too, and they often do it through a site called It's like Ebay for the federally-funded set. For the next hour, there's an auction going on for a lot of 40 Gerber knives. The current price is $276—a mere $7 a knife. » 3/18/13 9:53am 3/18/13 9:53am

TSA to Remove Naked-Image Scanners From US Airports

The Transportation Security Administration has announced that it will remove the controversial "naked image" body scanners from US airports because developers can't write software to make the images less revealing. » 1/18/13 4:37am 1/18/13 4:37am