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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

Lawmakers are clashing over the Trump administration’s move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Felon convicted of carrying gun detected by TSA screeners

A felon convicted of carrying a loaded gun in Juneau has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 6:30 a.m.

TSA to Spokane airport passengers: Stop trying to sneak loaded guns on planes in carry-on luggage

Eight people have been arrested this year at Spokane International Airport for trying to bring a gun on an airplane.


TSA checkpoint worker no-shows peak at 10 percent

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Spokane airport security not affected by TSA sickouts, airport says

Spokane International Airport reported business as usual, despite a record number of TSA screener sickouts nationally, stemming from the partial government shutdown which began a month ago.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

TSA acknowledges financial stress of shutdown is forcing growing number of officers to stay home

Faced with growing numbers of call-outs by its workers – and images of some of them lining up for food donations – leaders of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged Wednesday …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work during shutdown

The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work during the partial government shutdown.


TSA opting for a friendlier look with floppy-eared dogs, rather than pointy-eared

The dogs deployed by the Transportation Security Administration at airports nationwide use their noses to sniff out explosives and contraband. But pooches selected for duty these days are picked not …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

U.S. airlines need more bomb-sniffing dogs in a hurry

The Transportation Security Administration has begun approving private explosive-detection canine firms to screen cargo flying from U.S. airports under a new program finalized last month. The change offers freight haulers …


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Additional security checkpoint lane at Spokane airport designed to accommodate increase in travelers

At ease, summer flyers. There’s a brand new fifth lane for security at the Spokane International Airport.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Simplify screening: With some planning, travelers with health equipment can ease TSA check

Getting through Transportation Security Administration airport screening can be stressful enough, but add in a medical condition like a colostomy bag or artificial joints, and you might go through even …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

TSA airport screenings toughen for electronic devices

It might be time to rethink packing that extra e-reader or tablet during your holiday travels.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

U.S. airports are more popular than ever, except in New York

Air traveler satisfaction with U.S. airports has reached an all-time high this year and the reason is what you might call counterintuitive: The Transportation Security Administration.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

More than 1 in 5 travelers knowingly or unknowingly carried prohibited items onto aircraft, survey finds

A survey of airline passengers found that more than 20 percent had knowingly or unknowingly smuggled prohibited items past Transportation Security Administration checkpoints onto the aircraft, including at least 6 …


TSA expands new procedure for inspecting large electronics

Passengers at all U.S. airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Woman caught with loaded gun at Maryland airport says her son placed it in her purse

A Virginia woman who was arrested Thursday at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport in Maryland when she tried to board a flight carrying a loaded pistol told officials that her son …


UPDATED: Sat., April 8, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

TSA’s medical marijuana mix-up doesn’t discourage this guy

Cannabis users had a brief but intense moment of euphoria this week after the Transportation Security Administration seemed to give a green light to air travelers to pack medical marijuana …


Spokane Airport changes luggage screening systems

Air travelers in Spokane are seeing changes in the way they check their bags at Concourse C


TSA defends pat-down of Texas boy; countless others creeped out

The Transportation Security Administration is defending an officer’s pat-down of a boy at a Texas airport that outraged his mother and thousands and thousands of people who viewed her Facebook …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

TSA agent pleads guilty to voyeurism charge

A security worker at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport accused of taking photos from underneath passengers’ skirts has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea deal.


TSA warns police agencies about its new airport pat-downs

The Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.


Airport’s Mom’s Tour helps ease travel worries of flying with children for parents

AKRON, Ohio – As the mother of an infant and a toddler, Brittney Lewers was worried about the idea of flying with two small children. How would she navigate through …


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

21 guns found at U.S. airports – in one day

U.S. airports have been breaking records for the number of passengers in the past few years.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

U.S. airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive

While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those have been eliminated, replaced …


Frequent fliers without PreCheck will be moving to slow lane, TSA says

The Transportation Security Administration this month plans to significantly reduce the number of frequent fliers who go through faster airport security lines for free, even though they haven’t signed up …


Tri-Cities Airport unveils new security checkpoint for holiday travelers

Holiday travelers will have a little more breathing room when they pass through security at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.


Travelers can now apply for TSA PreCheck at Sea-Tac airport

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is now one of 47 airports where travelers can apply for a program aimed at speeding up security lines.


Airport security fix: better training – for humans and dogs

The TSA suffers from understaffing, low morale and high turnover. Peter Neffenger, the agency’s sixth and current administrator, wants to hire more enthusiastic agents like Bueno and train them better, …


Fourth of July travel will break records, AAA predicts

Going out of town this Fourth of July weekend? Be prepared for a record-breaking amount of company.