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95 Per Cent Of Fake Bombs Made It Through Airport Security In DHS Test

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 US Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is doing a lousy job. Like, “failed to detect mock weapons 95 per cent of the time” lousy.


FBI And TSA Warn Airlines To Watch Out For Wi-Fi Hacks

Following concerns about the plausibility and dangers of passengers hacking aeroplane Wi-Fi networks, the FBI and TSA have issued a joint alert warning airlines to be increasingly vigilant about monitoring for such attacks.


The TSA Made Nearly $675,000 In Loose Change Last Year

You may be thinking “good riddance” when you remove a handful of nickels and pennies from your pockets at airport security in the States, but your loss is the US government’s gain.


The TSA Is Using Behaviour Screening To Identify Illegal Immigrants

The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travellers 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.


The Craziest Stuff People Tried To Sneak Onto US Flights 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 people have tried to sneak past US airport security in 2014.


US Airport Is Counting Mobile Phones To Predict TSA Wait Times

If you’re passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favour 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 will be spending in airport security hell.


Tools You Can (And Should!) Take On Planes

You needn’t sacrifice basic preparedness — for the outdoors, for fixing stuff or for first aid — just because you’re flying somewhere carry-on only. These are the tools you can take on planes, how to pack them and how to use them.


This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple.


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.


New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out Of A Job

Airport security checkpoint 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 help ease our collective dread for airport security, at least a little bit.