Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced legislation that would create passenger advocates at the busiest airports in the country to be a go-to for passengers who feel they have been treated “inappropriately” by the TSA.
According to a new report released by House Congressional leaders, the Transportation Security Administration has lost its focus on air transportation security and instead has become an “enormous, inflexible and distracted bureaucracy.”
DHS announced earlier this week that revised security procedures will, in some cases, allow children 12 and under to avoid pat-downs and removing their shoes at security checkpoints. But the TSA said in a recent blog post that children could still be subjected to these things at the discretion of individual TSA officers based on a child’s appearance.
On the approaching ten year anniversary of September 11, 2001, the TSA highlights policies and procedures it has implemented in the last decade to make air travel safer. Some of these policies haven’t come without controversy, however.
It is unusual for a political rally to be organized and carried out with the sole purpose of expressing frustration with one federal agency, but a group of citizens in Florida held a rally this week to protest the TSA’s policies.
We have posted several surveys on our site in recent weeks to get feedback from FedSmith.com site visitors as to what their flying habits are like now that the TSA’s security procedures have been in place for a while. The overwhelming theme in the responses indicated that the procedures act as a deterrent to would-be air travelers.
The Transportation Security Administration is installing new software on its Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines, also known as the body scanners, that is designed to improve individuals’ privacy by eliminating passenger specific images.
A U.S. District Court ducks handling of a challenge to TSA’s enhanced screening procedures by holding that only the U.S. appeals courts can handle these cases.
Representatives John Mica (R-FL) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) have requested an IG investigation of the recent TSA security screening incident at Honolulu International Airport that had called for 36 TSA workers to be fired and 12 others to be suspended.
The use of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines by the TSA in airports around the country has been a controversial issue. Security and health concerns have been expressed about the use of the machines, while others think the machines make flying safer. Two Congressmen are sponsoring legislation to restrict use of the machines in airports.