TSA to Require “Enhanced Screening” at Airports

The Transportation Security Administration announced new security procedures at all airports in the United States today. Travelers must remove electronics larger than a mobile phone from their carry-on bags and “place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similar to how laptops have been screened for years.”

This means that tablet computers, handheld game consoles, Kindles and other ebook readers, and anything else larger than a cell phone will now be treated in the same manner as laptop computers have been treated in the past few years.

Luckily, there is one exception that has been in place for years that will be continued: anyone registered with TSA PreCheck does not have to go through this inspection.

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Follow-up: TSA Boss Replaced after US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover tests

The acting director of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after an internal investigation revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday that Melvin Carraway would be moved to the Office of State and Local Law Enforcement at DHS headquarters “effective immediately.”

US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover Tests

This article isn’t about privacy but certainly is about security. The two words frequently go hand in hand so I may publish occasional articles here about security.

I am taking an airline flight tomorrow and now am wondering about the other passengers on the plane! Transportation Security Administration screeners allowed banned weapons and mock explosives through airport security checkpoints 95 percent of the time, according to the agency’s own undercover testing.

According to ABC News, a Homeland Security Inspector General report showed that agents failed to detect weapons and explosives in 67 out of 70 undercover operations.

How many billions of dollars do US taxpayers pay for all the “security” offered by TSA?

You can read the sad news in an article by David Kravets in Ars Technica at http://goo.gl/N2Gwll and in an article and video by Pierre Thomas, Mike Levine and Jack Date in ABC News at http://goo.gl/3burTr.