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Charge Your Phone or Lose It to the TSA on Flights to the U.S.

If your phone or tablet won’t turn on at certain airport security checks, you may have to abandon your device overseas.

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Silencing Whistle-Blowers Obama Style

Despite all the talk by Washington insiders about how whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden should work through the system rather than bring their concerns directly into the public sphere, former Transportation Security Administration Air Marshal Robert MacLean is living proof of the hell of trying to do so.

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Has Malibu’s Kelp Been Contaminated by the Fukushima Spill?

Scientists will begin testing California’s prized kelp for radiation; a former TSA agent spills the agency’s secrets; and Bernie Sanders squashes Michele Bachmann in a debate on “The Situation Room.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Terminal Remains Closed After Gunman Killed 1, Injured Others at LAX

Officials say Los Angeles airport security prevented a bloodbath Friday by their swift response to a shooting that left one Transportation Security Administration officer dead and wounded at least two other people.

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September 11 Revisited

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Knives on a Plane

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Knives on a Plane

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TSA Relaxes Rules

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TSA to Lift Ban on Small Knives

The Transportation Security Administration will allow passengers to carry small pocketknives onboard commercial planes for the first time since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the agency announced Tuesday.

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TSA to Phase Out ‘Naked Scanners’

The airport security agency will discontinue the use of scanners that show travelers’ naked bodies, amid widespread cries of privacy violations.

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TSA Commissions Study of X-Ray Body Scanners

After months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to explore the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners.

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TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

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TSA Firings

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Forget Fear of Flying, Fear Airport Screening

Just getting to your airplane these days may present a greater risk to your health than the actual flight.

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AP / Wilfredo Lee

Suleiman’s Travels

A flight attendant’s voice had come over the loudspeaker, asking my husband and another guy with a common Muslim name to get off the Delta flight scheduled to depart from JFK. It is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Former Miss USA Alleges TSA Abuse

Two and a half weeks after an airport pat-down of a 6-year-old ended up on YouTube and in the mainstream media, the Transportation Security Administration is in the middle of another controversy. In a new video on YouTube and other websites, a tearful former Miss USA charges she was sexually violated during a TSA search.

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Closing Al-Jazeera in Cairo

Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau is shut down during Egypt protests, Jesse Ventura sues the TSA, and the productive use of video games in the U.S. military. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Indian Diplomat’s Turban + Airport Security = International Incident

As India’s top U.N. diplomat, Hardeep Puri is not supposed to have a hard time getting through the airport, but a trip through Houston found the Sikh in a polite showdown with security officials who wanted to search his turban. Puri is the third ... (more)

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U.S. Orders Diplomats to Stop Telling Truth

In the first major policy fallout from the WikiLeaks disclosures, the State Department has ordered all U.S. diplomats to “cease and desist telling the truth until further notice.”

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Where Is Obama Going?

Is President Obama’s strategy of offering pre-emptive concessions destined to make enemies of his potential friends in the electorate without winning over any of his adversaries?

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Much Ado About Touching

It’s D-Day for pat-down protests and so far it looks like most people just want to get where they’re going. AP reports that waits at major airports Wednesday morning were surprisingly short—the TSA estimates 20 minutes or less. ...

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Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

What has emerged from the TSA pat-down kerfuffle is recognition that it is psychologically demeaning to be subjected to physical touching of private areas of the body by someone not invited to do so. Now, the psychological treatment of men of color is being brought home to middle American men.

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A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

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Why Granny Gets Searched

It’s hard to love the Transportation Security Administration, especially now that airport personnel seem so intent on touching people’s junk. But the TSA’s job isn’t to be adorable, it’s to be infallible—and also, apparently, to suffer being unfairly maligned.

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Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

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Touch My Junk: Body Scans and Pat-Downs for Everyone

To paraphrase the government’s reaction to the backlash against new airport screening measures, “We hear you. Tough it up.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Bad-Touched by TSA

How’s that touchy-feely thing working for you, TSA? It apparently doesn’t work for some Americans. Other headlines making their way onto this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” include GM’s IPO, tax break shenanigans and Afghanistan withdrawal confusion.

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New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

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Airport Rage, Animated

Taiwanese satire machine NMA World Edition has cranked out another timely animated play on a story making headlines over here in the U.S., and once again, we end up looking pretty silly. Surprise!

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These Body Scan Images Are the Opposite of Titillating

We’re told that the blur of white pixels in these 100 leaked body scan images represents people. What they’re using at airports now is of much higher resolution. Still, none of these images, like those taken at airports, were ever supposed to make it to the outside world.

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TSA Massages Its Technique

While it might sound more like a massage than an infringement on one’s privacy,  the ACLU has challenged the use of a new “enhanced patdown” technique being tested by TSA agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport that involves a “palms-forward, slide-down” check of passengers’ bodies.

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‘Invisible Things That Might Kill You (but Probably Won’t)’ Edition

Look out for those TSA body scanners and cell phones, take a minute to ponder the oddest book titles of the year (including “Bacon: A Love Story”) and read all about the political collapse of the left, right here on today’s list.

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You Have to Show More Than Your Boarding Pass

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Airports to Get Tougher Screening in Aftermath of Christmas Attack

Passengers traveling to the U.S. from or by way of certain countries on the U.S. government’s naughty list, which includes Yemen and Cuba, will be subject to “enhanced screening” starting Monday. (continued)

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The Global War on Stealth Underwear

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

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Maher to Democrats: ?Chill Out?

From TSA’s mood music to Obama’s bowling blunder, Bill Maher takes on the issues of the week, including the growing concern over the Democrats’ heated primary battle: “If voting can destroy the Democratic Party, then the party isn’t very democratic.”

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Airport Security Fails to Catch Bomb Components

While the rest of us have been struggling to survive air travel without our precious liquids and gels, federal investigators managed to sneak liquid explosives and detonators through airport security, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday.

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And They Think Hair Gel Is a Problem

A different sort of terror took to the skies last week when a man on a SkyWest Airlines flight relieved himself in an air sickness bag after the captain banned restroom use. The airline has since apologized to John Whipple, whose action, remarkably, went unnoticed by any other passenger.

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Bill Would Let Airport Screeners Unionize

An anti-terrorism bill making its way through the Senate would allow airport screeners to unionize. Republicans in Congress, ever the friends of working men and women, have fought against the provision, arguing that a screener union would threaten security and safety.

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Plane Grounded by Flatulence

An airliner was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday after a passenger struck matches in attempting to cover the odor of her gas.  After bomb-sniffing dogs searched the plane, the woman admitted to lighting the matches and said she had a medical condition.  She was not allowed to reboard. (h/t: Boing Boing)

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Website Exposes Airline Security Flaw

Christopher Soghoian created a boarding pass generator, allowing visitors to his website to sneak through airport security with fake documents.  Though the FBI has shut down Soghoian’s site, the flaw that enabled it remains a security threat.

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‘Kip Hawley Is an Idiot’

An air traveler wrote the above phrase—a reference to the head of the Transportation Security Administration—on his carry-on bag, and the traveler ended up being detained by TSA personnel who told him that his free speech ends at the security gate.

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