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The TSA's Response To Its Master Key Scandal Is Priceless

“Scandal” might be too strong a word. But you’d the TSA would have been ashamed when hackers released 3D-printer files for its master keys, which can open any any TSA-recommended luggage lock. Does the TSA feel ashamed? Not even close.

You Can Now 3D-Print Your Own TSA Master Keys

TSA-recognised locks provide little more than a false sense of security. That’s not news. It is news, however, that some hacker type has uploaded the CAD files of the agency’s master keys to Github, so that anybody can 3D-print them at home. Let the stealing begin!

This Might Be The Best US Government Instagram Account Of All

This week, I did a round-up of some of the best US government Instagram accounts, but as several readers pointed out, I neglected to mention one very special Insta-goldmine: The TSA. We covered this treasure trove in its early days, but it’s such a gem we thought you deserved a reminder.

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.

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