Twitter began to buzz this weekend when reports circulated that comic books were banned from checked luggage leaving San Diego - the site of Comic-Con. While it's true those claims were made, the Transportation Security Administration vehemently denies that they're correct.
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There are plenty of people who still reminisce about the days before airport security checkpoints were a thing, when they could kiss loved ones at the gates and all of that junk. But soon, we're going to long for the days of more privacy: The TSA will soon make travellers tear apart carry-on bags at security.
Following a ban of in cabin electronic devices that are "larger than a smartphone" on flights entering the US from locations in eight majority-Muslim countries, it appears the White House wants to expand its curious policy. This morning, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Fox News' Chris Wallace that he was considering applying the ban to all incoming international flights.
As of right this second, no one is allowed to bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight in the United States because they can combust. The same is true of all four major Australian carriers, too. If you're travelling and haven't had a chance to exchange your phone yet, this is going to be a big pain.
Every airline claims it has a better solution for the logistical hellscape that is checked luggage, from fancy new RFID tags to charging $$$ to deter the practice entirely. But the only way to never lose a bag again is to completely automate the process. Which is exactly what this adorable robot is designed to do.
To help alleviate long lines at Atlanta's airport, Delta spent more than a million dollars to install a pair of new high-tech security lanes that can handle more passengers simultaneously. When even the airlines, who are happy to charge passengers extra to sit next to their family members, thinks the United States' TSA is doing a bad job, you know there's a problem.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.